Sky Arts, the UK’s only channel dedicated to arts and culture, has commissioned leading entertainment production company, Primal Media, to produce a bold and ambitious new series for the channel – Landmark. The commission was confirmed as part of a wider announcement by Sky Arts (see full release below).
Landmark, will see artists and local communities across the UK join forces in a quest to create the next great British landmark – in response to the current debate about the meaning of public monuments, and who or what is commemorated. Across 7 x 60” episodes, Landmark will capture the national mood, giving a diverse range of British artists the chance to create the public art of the future.
Executive producers are Adam Wood and Mat Steiner (founders of Primal Media), head of development is Ben Riley. Barbara Lee is commissioning editor at Sky.
Primal Media, whose credits include Big Heads (ITV), Carnage (Sky One), Jerk (BBC3), Home Free (Channel 4) and The Code (BBC1), was founded in 2016 and specialises in internationally appealing innovative entertainment. In 2019, STV Productions acquired a majority stake in the business.
David Mortimer, Managing Director of STV Productions, added: “I’m thrilled that Primal have won their first major commission since becoming part of the STV Productions family with Landmark, a bold production which is sure to capture the public’s imagination. Adam and Mat are two of the most talented producers in the UK and their development slate is both exciting and strong, with so much more to come. ”
Full Sky Arts announcement:
Art for Everyone
Sky Arts to become a free to air channel
Sky Arts, the UK’s only channel dedicated to arts and culture, is to be made free for everyone this September, supercharging its mission to increase access to and drive participation in the arts, at a vital time for the cultural sector.
With a renewed focus on bringing more of the arts to more people, Sky Arts will embark on an ambitious programme of activity to support and champion the arts – putting artists, creatives, and public participation centre stage on a channel that everyone across the UK can watch on Freeview.
The move to become free-to-air will include a bold new slate of original programmes and increased and deepened partnerships with artists and arts organisations, providing them with a platform to create and showcase their work. And to support new talent, the channel will launch a series of bursaries worth £30,000 each, that will see leading figures from the arts support and mentor diverse and emerging new artists.
Stephen Van Rooyen, EVP and Chief Executive Officer, Sky UK and Europe, said: “As a creative business, we believe it’s important to have a thriving cultural sector. By making Sky Arts free for everyone we want to give more artists and arts organisations a platform to create and share their work and to bring more art and culture to everyone across the UK.”
While the Sky Arts linear channel will be made free for everyone, the extensive Sky Arts On Demand library of arts content, with more than 2000 thousand hours of shows, will remain exclusive to Sky and NOW TV Entertainment Pass customers.
Some highlights of the brand-new original programming coming to Sky Arts includes:
Philip Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, said: “There’s never been a stronger need or demand for the arts, nor a more important time to champion and celebrate creativity. That’s why we’re throwing open the doors to make Sky Arts a free channel. During lockdown we’ve seen audiences to the channel increase by 50% and our weekly live paint-along show, Portrait Artist of The Week, reached 4.6 million people with over 20,000 portraits painted.“As a free to air channel I hope that Sky Arts can help arts organisations and cultural institutions of all shapes and sizes across the UK, providing them with a platform to create and showcase their work to a broad audience. With our renewed focus and mission to increase accessibility and participation across the arts, we want to hear from everyone with ideas for how we might be able to work together – we can only succeed with artists and creatives at the heart of what we do.”
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