Jose Royo and Bryan Gray

Ascent in talks with Peel to manage Media City studios

Peel Media said it is in talks with Ascent Media Group to "provide a range of services" at Media City UK, in Salford.

Ascent has entered an exclusivity period with Peel Media aimed at agreeing a tie-up by the end of the summer. Under the options being discussed, Ascent could operate the high definition television studios at Salford Quays and manage global distribution of content produced on-site.

Ascent Media Group claims to be the world's leading provider of integrated digital media services, with more than 40 facilities worldwide.

Bryan Gray, chairman of Peel Media, said: "Aside from having a first-class reputation within the television industry, Ascent serves major film studios, independent producers, game developers, advertising agencies and other content producers. We look forward to our discussions in the coming weeks and we are confident this will lead to an exciting partnership."

Jose Royo, chief executive officer of Ascent Media Group, said: "The need for innovation in today's rapidly changing media landscape is greater than ever; MediaCityUK is one of the most exciting developments in the industry and Ascent welcomes the opportunity to work with Peel towards creating a blueprint for a world-leading media centre. Peel's strategic commitment to globally integrated digital media matches our own and we look forward to what we expect will be a long and fruitful relationship with Peel."

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