Sky hires Big Talk exec as comedy commissioner

Scripted-logo-460_2JoshColeResized-minSky has hired Big Talk Productions’ Josh Cole as commissioning editor for comedy.

In the role, Cole will commission and executive produce a range of original comedy for Sky.

Cole joins UK satcaster Sky this autumn as Sky 1 gets set to debut a range of new comedies. Original productions such as Jack Whitehall’s Bounty Hunters and Rupert Grint’s Sick Note are already set for screen by the end of the year.

Previously, Cole was a producer and executive producer at ITV-owned Big Talk, and his credits include the forthcoming Timewasters. He has worked with Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, helping her develop her first TV project, Crashing, a comedy drama for Channel 4.

Jon Mountague, head of comedy commissioning at Sky, said: “It’s a great time to be bringing someone of Josh’s experience, wit and energy to the Sky comedy team. There are some absolutely brilliant shows around the corner with fantastic talent.

“Josh has a terrific understanding for what makes unbeatable content. He knows exactly where to find it and precisely how to nurture it, and I’m delighted he’s coming to Sky.”

Cole said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Sky as commissioning editor. Comedy is clearly a major priority at Sky and I’m excited to be tasked with developing a new generation of quality shows, with the best comedic talent.”