Cameron Roach has been confirmed as Sky’s Director of Drama and Sky Studios and has announced his first two original commissions, Little Birds for Sky Atlantic and Intergalatic for Sky One.

Starring Juno Temple (Dirty John, Atonement, Killer Joe, Maleficent 1&2), Little Birds is billed as a “playful and intensely evocative adaptation of Anais Nin’s infamous collection of erotic short stories”. It is written by Sophia Al-Maria (The Girl Who Fell to Earth) and directed by Stacie Passon (Billions, House of Cards). 

Intergalactic is described as “an action-packed sci-fi drama, set in the 23rd Century.” It’s written by Julie Gearey (Prisoners’ Wives, Cuffs, Secret Diary of a Call Girl), it follows a crew of fierce female convicts who break free and go on the run. 

These two new dramas were commissioned by Zai Bennett, Director of Programming, and Cameron Roach. Roach has been Acting Head of Drama since November and prior to that he worked with Anne Mensah across the Sky Original drama portfolio for the last five years, working across titles including Tin Star, Britannia, Fortitude, Riviera and Bulletproof. He will report to Gary Davey, Managing Director, Sky Content. 

Gary Davey said: “Cameron brings with him a wealth of knowledge and is a brilliant creative leader who will continue to define our vision for original dramas. These two commissions underline his understanding of our diverse audiences and his dedication to growing the Sky drama slate with quality, cinematic and gripping content. I am looking forward to working with him to lead the drama team to future success.”

Cameron Roach said: “Intergalactic and Little Birds couldn’t be more different, and in that, they represent the ambition of our slate. We are thrilled to be venturing into space and Julie Geary’s incredible imagination knows no bounds; whilst the creative team behind Little Birds have raised the bar in terms of creating a provocative piece of television. By putting viewers at the heart of our commissioning strategy I truly believe that we are uniquely placed as a broadcaster to encourage creative talent to bring us their boldest and most innovative ideas and I am thrilled that these two shows are the first I’m able to announce as Director of Sky Drama.”

Jon Creamer

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