Sky1 And Ross Kemp Agree Exclusive Two-Year Deal

Sky 1HD and Sky 1 have agreed a deal with BAFTA award winning documentary maker Ross Kemp to produce and present 12×60 factual programmes for the British broadcaster for the period July 2009 to July 2011.

The deal will see Sky1HD and Sky1 broadcast 6×60 films each year of the two-year deal.

Ross Kemp comments: “I’m very happy to be signing this exclusive deal with Sky1 and Sky1 HD. I’m fortunate to have had a great working relationship with the channel over the last few years and I look forward to this continuing for the next two. The audience and press reaction to all the shows we have made has been testament to the relationship between Sky1 and myself. Sky1 have always been very approachable and receptive to the ideas Mongoose, Tiger Aspect and I have brought to the table. They have also allowed us a level of creative freedom to develop programmes which I believe has contributed massively to their overall success.  Stuart Murphy has a very clear and bold idea of how he wants Sky1 to develop in the future and I’m proud to be part of his vision.”

No projects have been green lit as yet, and no production company commitments are attached. Ross Kemp comments: “Where next? Who knows, but what’s for sure, whatever we plan to pursue, we will put our heart and soul into it for the Sky1 viewer and tell the stories no one else is telling.”

Stuart Murphy, Director of Programmes, Sky1 HD, Sky 1, 2 & 3 comments: “It’s an absolute pleasure to agree this new exclusive deal with Ross Kemp. He has been presenting and producing incredible films for Sky 1 and more recently Sky 1 HD for over four years, and has brought the stories of countless untold individuals across the globe directly into viewers’ living rooms. In an era of often bland and stuffy current affairs reporting, Ross brings colour, passion and insight, and opens the stories first to millions of viewers. Sky aim to be the best in everything we do, and Ross is simply the best. What he has achieved with his films in Afghanistan, Gangs and Kenya is something unique to British broadcasting.”

Celia Taylor, Commissioning Editor, Factual and Features, Sky1 HD, Sky1, 2 and 3, will executive produce the forthcoming Ross Kemp projects.

Ross Kemp on Gangs was awarded the BAFTA for best factual series in 2007. The four-part series triumphed in a category that included Stephen Fry’s Secret Life of The Manic Depressive, Bruce Parry’s Tribe and Who Do You Think You Are?

In January 2008 Ross Kemp in Afghanistan was broadcast on Sky1 and Sky1 HD; a personal and gritty account of soldiering on the front line it gave a different perspective on what British troops face in Helmand province. Shot entirely in HD it allowed the audience to experience life through the eyes of the serving soldier in extraordinary, uncompromising and unflinching detail.  The five-part series reached over two million people per episode and won the award for Best Multichannel programme at the Broadcast awards in 2008, and along with Ross Kemp: A Kenya Special (broadcast in October 2008) was nominated for a BAFTA in 2009 in the factual series and current affairs categories respectively.

In November 2008 the Association of International Broadcasting (AIB) awarded Ross the International TV personality of the year accolade.

In January 2009 Ross Kemp: Return to Afghanistan was broadcast on Sky1 and Sky1 HD. The five-part series saw Ross back on the front line this time with 5 Scots, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. The series is nominated for the Multichannel programme of the year award at this year’s Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Ross Kemp’s last project for Sky1 and Sky1 HD, Ross Kemp In Search of Pirates, aired in June 2009 and saw Ross tracking pirates in Somalia, Nigeria and South East Asia. After one week viewing the second episode has achieved a cumulative audience of 1.7m.

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