Tortoise Media and Sky Studios have announced an exclusive multi-year first look deal to adapt Tortoise’s original podcasts into high-end series and features, across Sky’s scripted and documentary departments.
In a statement issued by the Sky Group, the company said that the deal will see Tortoise collaborate with Sky Studios throughout the development process, combining award-winning journalism and storytelling with cinematic filmmaking, to produce unmissable Sky Originals for Sky’s customers in the UK, Italy, Germany and beyond.
“We’re hugely proud to develop this partnership with Sky Studios and excited at the prospect of seeing our journalism developed into film and television by one of the best screen storytellers in the world,” said James Harding, Editor and co-Founder of Tortoise Media.
“At Tortoise, we hope that by taking the time to investigate stories and report them in full, we can get to the heart of things. And, together, we hope those stories will reach even more people.”
Sky Studios’ Director of Factual, Barnaby Shingleton, added: “Tortoise Media has built an enviable position as one of the UK’s leading podcast creators. Their stellar track record of investigative journalism and captivating storytelling, combined with our commitment to creating premium programming, is the perfect symbiosis. We’re looking forward to seeing these mediums collide, to deliver a bigger and more diverse slate to Sky customers and beyond.”
You can read the press statement in full here.