ITV entertainment boss Siobhan Greene departs

ITV entertainment boss Siobhan Greene has left the broadcaster to launch her own prodco.

The exec will remain until September, overseeing continuing entertainment programming. She will also serve as an executive producer on Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – which she co-created – next year.

ITV has appointed Katie Rawcliffe, who is currently creative director for ITV Studios Entertainment, to succeed Greene. She will move to the commissioning team to head up entertainment commissioning on 1 September.

Rawcliffe joined ITV Studios Entertainment as head of entertainment in 2008. She co-created and exec produced Dancing On Ice, and has also exec produced The Voice UK, Hell’s Kitchen, The Voice Kids and The Generation Game.

Greene started her career at Yorkshire Television before moving to Granada in Manchester, where she co-created Popstars: The Rivals and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. She later set up Syco Television alongside Simon Cowell and Nigel Hall, where they co-created and exec produced such formats as The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

She returned to ITV to become director of entertainment for ITV Studios in 2012 where she exec produced the return of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and launched Love Island on ITV2.

In 2016, Greene became head of entertainment commissioning for ITV, responsible for such titles as The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, The Voice and The Voice Kids.

Greene said: “These past seven years at ITV, as both director of entertainment for ITV Studios and head of entertainment commissioning for the network, have brought me some of the happiest and most creative memories of my life.

“I want to say a heartfelt thank you to absolutely everyone I have worked with, in the office, in the edit and on the studio floor. Most of all I want to thank Kevin who picked me in the first place for this role of a lifetime at the Network, and who has so graciously supported me to take this next step.”

Lygo added: “Shu is a great talent and she will be missed by everyone in our team. Nobody personifies ITV’s entertainment output more perfectly than Shu, and she has been a joy and an inspiration to work with for the last seven years. We wish her all the very best for her future ventures.”

Rawcliffe said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Kevin and his team at ITV. I have had the best time at ITV Studios producing and looking after some of ITV’s biggest entertainment brands like Dancing On Ice and The Voice.

“To now lead the entertainment commissioning team feels like a brilliant opportunity and a natural next move. I have huge affection for ITV having got my first break as a researcher on Stars in Their Eyes at Granada in Manchester. ITV has always been the home of great entertainment. I can’t wait to get started finding new shows, whilst also working with producers to make sure that the nation’s favourite entertainment shows remain at the top of their game.”