Sky 1 have agreed a deal with BAFTA award winning documentary maker Ross Kemp to produce and present 12 all new factual programmes for the Channel over the next two years.
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.”