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TV, phone and broadband provider Sky has acquired a 60 per cent stake in independent production company Jupiter Entertainment.

The investment has been made as part of Sky's strategy to grow a broad, international content business spanning broadcasting, production and distribution.  

Founded in 1996 by Stephen Land, Jupiter Entertainment specialises in non-scripted TV programmes, including documentaries, reality series, true crime and lifestyle series.

The US-based company has produced content for A&E, Discovery, History, Investigation Discovery, Oxygen, TLC and Animal Planet among other networks.

'Welcome to Myrtle Manor' (TLC), 'Wild West Alaska' (Animal Planet), 'Snapped' (Oxygen) and 'Homicide Hunter' (ID) are all Jupiter shows.

The firm will continue to operate as a distinct company under the new ownership structure, producing programmes for a variety of broadcasters.

Jane Millichip, Managing Director at Sky Vision - which will manage the distribution of Jupiter shows - said the production company will become "an important partner" for Sky.

She said the company can help Sky build its presence in the important US market.

"Over the past two decades, Jupiter has built an impressive track record in popular factual television, and has become a major supplier to a variety of US networks," Ms Millichip stated.

"We look forward to working with Stephen Land, who is one of America’s most prolific television executives, and his talented team."

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