Stuart Murphy


Bennett to lead Sky UK and Ireland after rejig

Sky Atlantic director Zai Bennett will lead the wider Sky Entertainment business in the UK and Ireland after a management realignment. Bennett takes up the new position of director of programmes at Sky Entertainment, which is similar to the role Stuart Murphy held before exiting last year. The appointment is effective immediately. This means Bennett […]

Lygo to replace Fincham at ITV

Kevin Lygo is to become UK broadcaster ITV’s director of televison after current incumbent Peter Fincham decided to step down. Lygo (left) takes on the post after five years at ITV’s production division, ITV Studios, with Fincham (below, right) potentially returning to the indie sector. ITV Studios UK managing director Julian Bellamy (below, left) will […]

Sky’s entertainment channel boss steps down

Sky’s director of entertainment channels, Stuart Murphy, is stepping down after six and a half years at the company. Murphy, who has overseen the expansion of Sky’s portfolio of entertainment channels including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and Sky Living is leaving to pursue “other creative opportunities”, according to Sky.  “Stuart has played an […]

Disney, Sky, ProSieben invest in VR firm

The Walt Disney Company has led a new US$65 million funding round in cinematic virtual reality (VR) firm Jaunt, with Sky also upping its investment in the firm and ProSiebenSat.1 coming on board as an investor. The Walt Disney Company led the Series C funding round alongside Evolution Media Partners, TPG Growth, Participant Media, and […]

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 appoints first Kids TV chief

Sky has recruited children’s TV producer Lucy Murphy as head of kids, the first time the UK pay TV operator has had a dedicated kids TV chief. Murphy is a producer and counts Horrid Henry, The Gruffalo and Bing Bunny among her credits. As well as her production work, Murphy is also creative director and […]

Edgar-Jones replaces Hunt at Sky Arts

Phil Edgar-Jones has replaced James Hunt at UK pay channel Sky Arts. Hunt left his role as director as the BSkyB-owned last week and Edgar-Jones, who was previously Sky’s head of entertainment, has stepped in to the fray. Edgar-Jones will now report to Stuart Murphy, director of entertainment at Sky, and continue to oversee entertainment […]

Carl Hall to exit Sky Vision

Carl Hall is exiting his position as managing director of BSkyB-owned distributor Sky Vision, with Jane Millichip stepping up to replace him. Hall (pictured, left with Sky’s managing director, content, Sophie Turner Laing) is to launch his own production company, Warehouse 51, which will be based in Soho, London. Under terms of his departure, he […]

Sky’s quarterly programming costs top £600 million

BSkyB’s investment in new original programming and increased football rights costs have caused a spike in programming costs at the pay TV operator. The 21st Century Fox-backed company spent £622 million (US$1 billion) on content in July, August and September its latest results reveal. Sky said the 6% increase on the £589 million it spent […]

Kurland out as Sky restructures factual team

UK satcaster BSkyB is saying goodbye to head of factual entertainment commissioning Michele Kurland as the result of a divisional restructure. Sky plans to merge its factual entertainment and factual commissioning teams, with Celia Taylor assuming the new role of head of factual commissioning. Kurland’s role will now be merged into Taylor’s remit. The role […]