The production arm of Sky Broadcasting note that Anil will be focussing on in-house production, and will work with new and established talent to develop scripted comedy projects for Sky Studios.
“It is an exciting time to join Sky Studios as it increases its ambition to produce more original scripted comedy. I can’t wait to get working with our best writers and performers, as well as uncovering the next generation of great British comedy talent. Mostly from my spare bedroom.” – Anil Gupta
Sky Studios believe that this latest appointment will further strengthen their comedy department. The team have already had a string of original comedy productions behind them with successful commissions such as Brassic, Two Weeks to Live and Code 404.
The past twelve Sky Original comedies have all debuted to an audience of over 1m on launch in the UK, while the company has also picked up multiple BAFTA wins and nominations, including Sally4Ever – Winner, Scripted Comedy, 2019, Brassic – Nominated, Danny Brocklehurst for Comedy Writer, 2020 and Frayed – Nominated, Sarah Kendall for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme, 2020.
“Sky Original comedy has really been on a roll recently and we’re doing more! Anil’s reputation speaks for itself. A unique ability to spot and nurture talent as well as his eye for a brilliant script, make him the perfect person to lead our in-house creative development. Sky Studios works with the best indies and producers in the country and Anil compliments them perfectly. We aim to get bigger, better and funnier – cementing Sky’s place as the home of comedy.” – Jon Mountague, Director of Comedy at Sky Studios
Gupta’s credits include Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars at No. 42, Citizen Khan and comedy-drama Mutual Friends.
As Executive Producer, he helped create The Office, for which he won two BAFTA TV Awards and was Emmy-nominated. Outside of television, Gupta co-wrote a modern-day adaptation of Molière’s Tartuffe for the RSC and co-created the popular BBC Radio 4 comic fantasy series ElvenQuest, starring Stephen Mangan.