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Sony Pictures to set up Irish company

Friday, March 21 11:48:16

Sony Pictures Television is teaming up with Irish media execs Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy in the launch of new production company Stellify Media, to be set up in the North.

The joint venture sees Sony Picture TV's first move into production in Northern Ireland. Stellify Media is to be based in Belfast, where Doherty and Worthy themselves hail from, according to the Irish Film Television Network report online.

Stellify Media will produce TV content for UK broadcasters and international export, developing original programming in the entertainment genre. Stellify Media will also collaborate with SPT's American and international production companies on development, with all its UK shows and formats to be distributed by SPT.

The launch of the company follows an increased amount of attention being paid to Northern Ireland following the phenomenally successful HBO TV series 'Game of Thrones', which is now into its fourth season, being produced there.

Wayne Garvie, Chief Creative Officer of International Production at SPT, said, "Kieran and Matt are the rising stars of a new generation of Irish creatives. They have proven success in developing popular entertainment and Stellify Media will be a marvellous addition to our family. Northern Ireland is fast becoming a hotspot for international production and at Sony we're really excited about becoming part of the region's creative community and launching exciting, global hits."