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Karl Warner launches indie with Sony Pictures TV

Karl Warner launches indie with Sony Pictures TV
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Pippa Considine
15 January 2014

Former BBC entertainment commissioner Karl Warner is launching indie Electric Ray, backed by Sony Pictures Television.

Based in London, Electric Ray will produce television content for UK broadcasters and international export, developing original programming in factual entertainment and entertainment.

As a member of SPT’s global production group, Electric Ray will also collaborate with its US and international production companies on development, while its UK shows and formats will be exported by SPT’s distribution arm.

As the BBC's youngest ever commissioning editor, Warner greenlit and exec-produced a wide range of hit shows for BBC One and BBC Three from Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow,  John Bishop's Britain and BBC One gameshow Reflex, through to Back Chat, Junior Doctors, Russell Howard’s Good News, World's Craziest Fools and The Undercover Princes.

Warner has recruited a new development team to be headed up by Thomas O'Brien who helped create E4's Party House and ITV2's The Magaluf Weekender in his previous development roles at Room 414 and Two Four. The company name is taken from the nickname given to Karl's father, Raymond, who was an electrician.

"There is an appetite for shows that break new ground and I want us to be part of that," says Warner. "SPT's backing means we can be a proper company from day one, both in the UK and internationally, and it means we'll be able to bring broadcasters quality ideas from the off.  It's great to have their resources and commercial expertise to hand, and, like us, they want Electric Ray to be an autonomous young indie with a hunger to prove itself."

Wayne Garvie, SPT chief creative officer for international production, said: “Karl is one of the brightest, most highly thought of entertainment minds in British television.”

SPT’s UK production business also compromises Victory Television, Gogglebox Entertainment, Silver River Productions and Left Bank Pictures. Current productions in the UK include The Patch (BBC Two, Silver River), Tough Young Teachers (BBC3, Victory Television) and Outlander (Starz, SPT/Left Bank Pictures).

With the launch of Electric Ray, SPT’s international production business now includes 17 companies in 12 countries.

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