Lucy Lumsden

Sky hires comedy commissioner from BBC

Sky has brought in Tilusha Ghelani as a comedy commissioner. The new recruit joins from UK pubcaster the BBC, starting next month. In 14 years at the UK pubcaster she has been a researcher, a producer, and most recently, an assistant commissioner in the comedy department, working across TV and radio. At pay TV broadcaster […]

Lucy Lumsden forms prodco with ABC deal

Former Sky and BBC comedy chief Lucy Lumsden has formed her own indie, Yellow Door Productions, and struck a deal with ABC Studios in the US. The agreement with ABC Studios gives it a non-exclusive first look at Yellow Door’s output. Comedy exec Lumsden announced her exit from Sky last September after a six-year stint […]

Sky comedy chief exits, interim boss installed

Lucy Lumsden, head of comedy at European satcaster Sky, is returning to production. She is leaving Sky on September 25 after six years as its comedy chief and will be replaced in the interim by Jon Mountague. However, she will continue to exec her current slate of programmes until Christmas. In an email to staff, […]

Sky orders more Alan Partridge comedy

Sky Atlantic has commissioned a new season of Alan Partridge’s Mid Morning Matters and a one-off special featuring Steve Coogan’s comic character. Alan Partridge’s Mid Morning Matters 2 will run to six half-hour episodes and be produced by UK indie Baby Cow Productions. The special, in which Partridge will “be bringing Sky customers a hard-hitting […]

Sky 1 orders latest comedy-drama

UK satellite channel Sky 1 HD has commissioned a six-part comedy drama about a teenager living reaching adulthood in a small Northern English town. After Hours will follow James Tarpey (The World’s End) as an 18 year-old with no job or prospects who gets by listening to a local internet radio station. Jamie Winstone (Kidulthood), […]

Roughcut cuts Sky channels development deal

UK indie producer Roughcut TV has agreed a programming deal with Sky whereby it will develop shows for the UK pay TV operator, which will sell them through its distribution arm Sky Vision. The co-development and distribution deal will see the Ash Atalla-owned producer develop ideas with international appeal for Sky 1 and Sky Living. […]

Sky and FX join forces on comedy production

BSkyB has teamed up FX Networks to work on developing new comedy shows for audiences in the UK and Ireland and the US. Sky and FX have struck a two year deal to co-fund and co-develop new half-hour adult scripted comedy. If projects are commissioned the shows will be broadcast on the Sky 1 HD […]

HBO acquires Sky Living comedy Doll & Em

US premium cable net HBO has bought Doll & Em, a new comedy from Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells originally commissioned for UK pay TV channel Sky Living. HBO has bought US and Canadian rights the 6x30mins comedy show from Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola’s new imprint King Bee Productions. The series follows real life best […]