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Sky’s head of fact ent departs

Mark Sammon, head of factual entertainment for UK pay-TV network BSkyB, is leaving the company to set up his own indie.
October 13, 2011

Mark Sammon, head of factual entertainment for UK pay-TV network BSkyB, is leaving the company to set up his own indie.

Sky is currently looking for a replacement. Sammon’s departure comes after 10 months with the network. He was previously with Living TV Group, and was one of the few Living staff to land a new role following Sky’s acquisition of the group from Virgin Media last year.

In an email to realscreen, Sammon said: “Sky have made my decision to leave a difficult one, but the time feels right to do something new and the appeal of doing something for myself too strong.

“I’d like to thank Stuart [Murphy, Sky Entertainment director of programs] for his brilliant creative energy and direction across the past year and wish the entire Sky Entertainment team even more success in the future.”

Sammon added that details of his new indie would be unveiled over the coming weeks.

Murphy said: “I’m really sad to see Mark leave given his natural flair and enthusiasm for programming, but I’m excited for his next move. I’ve no doubt he’ll be great at it.

“Mark’s a brilliant bloke and someone I hope to continue working with in some capacity. He’ll be missed, both personally and professionally. I particularly want to thank him for his effortless transition from Living TV Group to Sky last year.”

 

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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