The production arm of Sky has announced it has launched a new Innovation Hub in Leeds.
Sky said that its new Sky Studios’ Innovation Hub will explore “the interplay between innovative technology and storytelling to bring viewers new entertainment experiences.”
The hub will be based at its digital and technology hub at Leeds Dock, which employs around 650 staff, and will be headed by executive producer Vicky Wharton.
Wharton has worked as a development executive, script editor and drama producer on shows including ‘Murphy’s Law’.
It is hoped that the hub will encourage creative partnerships and deepen relationships with new talent, the firm said.
It will build on the success of the Sky Studios Script Editor Forum and Sky Drama Diversity Table Reads, which have now both been running for three years.
Sky employs over 1,300 people in total in Leeds and is currently in production with five Sky original shows across the North and North West. These include Tin Star, Cobra, Little Birds and Intergalactic – all filmed on location and in studio space in Manchester.
Brassic, Sky’s biggest original comedy series for seven years, is currently in production for its second series in Lancashire.
“We want to ensure that we invest in talent for the long term, and with the increased competition for projects, we’re aware that there are fewer opportunities for new talent to develop their voices and breakthrough,” said Cameron Roach, Sky Studios’ director of drama.