She has been leading Gogglebox owner All3 since previous chief executive Farah Ramzan-Golant’s exit last year, but her official promotion today comes after a lengthy selection process.
Turton now oversees a production group of 20 prodcos, including Studio Lambert, All3Media America and Objective Productions, and sales arm All3Media International.
She joined All3 in October 2008 as director of business development and business affairs and deputy COO before rising to COO in 2011. Turton took up a interim managing director post last September after cablecos Discovery Communications and Liberty Global acquired All3 in a deal worth £554 million (US852 million).
“After a global search for a new CEO, Jane was the resounding and clear choice to lead All3Media’s business in 2015 and beyond,” said Liberty Global Content Investments president Niall Curran.
Discovery’s executive VP, corporate development, James Rosentock, added: “Jane Turton has done an outstanding job of leading All3Media with a winning combination of creative acumen and operational excellence.”
Upon Ramzan-Golant’s exit from the business, Turton was immediately installed as a favourite to take over, with insider sources talking up her ability to juggle commercial and production duties and to close significant deals.
In the five months since taking the interim post, Turton drafted in Steve Macallister rom rival Zodiak Rights to succeed Louise Pedersen as CEO of All3 International, and negotiated a new contract for Studio Lambert founder Stephen Lambert that ties him to All3 until at least 2020.
Turton said it was “a hugely exciting time to be leading an international production company”.
“With its wealth of incredible talent and breadth of award winning content All3Media is in prime position to take full advantage of the opportunities opening up in the ever changing content market,” she said.
“I very much look forward to leading All3Media to a future of continued global growth with the support of our new shareholders and my fantastic team and colleagues across the group.”