Today Sky Vision has announced a new deal with AVANTI Media that will see the production and international distribution arm of Sky Plc increase its stake in the company to fifty-one percent.
Sky Vision acquired a minority shareholding in the company in early 2017 and following a successful working relationship has increased its interest to a majority stake. Avanti Media will sit in the Sky Vision production portfolio alongside nine other companies including Love Productions, Blast Films, Ture North and Sugar Films in the UK and Jupiter Entertainment, Znak & Co and Talos Films in the US.
AVANTI Media is the Cardiff and London based production company founded by Emyr Afan and Mair Davies in 1997 and has since gone from strength to strength. The company is a factual and entertainment specialist, producing both UK network and Welsh language programming.
In 2017, AVANTI and co-production partner Nine Lives jointly won the highly contested BBC tender for the three-year contract to produce the BBC’s long-running worship series, Songs of Praise. They were also joined by Neil Grant, Bafta Award winning Executive Producer and Creative Director based in London
Sky Vision and AVANTI Media already have a distribution relationship via a two-year first look deal that was agreed in 2016.
Sky Vision managing director Jane Millichip said: “We have been working with AVANTI for two years now, so the acquisition of a majority stake is a natural extension of our joint growth strategy. Emyr Afan and Mair Davies have built an exciting production business with a strong mix of event-based entertainment through to current affairs and documentary, testified by recent commissions; the Mobo Awards on Channel 5; the BBC’s Songs of Praise; and BBC Wales’ current affairs series The Hour. We believe Sky Vision will provide strong commercial partnership, and AVANTI is a complementary fit in our growing production portfolio as a Network and Nations and Regions supplier.”
Emyr Afan, Co-Founder and CCO AVANTI Media ltd, said, “AVANTI is delighted to join the SkyVision family of stellar production companies. We applaud Sky’s vote of confidence in our potential, as well as its investment and commitment to Wales ensuring that talent in every part of the UK is seen and heard. This deal provides Avanti with the platform to fulfil our long term creative andcommercial ambitions, both nationally and internationally. It’s a game changer for us”