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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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