Duncan Gray, head of entertainment commissioning for UK pay-TV net Sky, is leaving the company in early 2012 to join London-based indie Princess Productions as creative director.
Gray will report to Princess Productions CEO and founder Henrietta Conrad, with a brief to build on the indie’s entertainment and comedy entertainment output. He will work alongside Kelly Webb-Lamb, who will continue to spearhead factual at the company and is promoted to director of factual programs, reporting to Conrad.
Conrad said: “Duncan has an exceptional mind and an intuitive feel for popular, quality and entertaining television. Having had the pleasure of working together many times, I know what a great addition he will be to the team and the positive and creative influence he will have on our output.”
Stuart Murphy, director of programs for Sky 1, 2 and 3, added: “It’s been an absolute pleasure having Duncan at Sky as his contribution to entertainment has been immeasurable. He has been an utterly charming, brilliantly creative and completely trusted member of the team and he leaves on great terms with all our best wishes.”
Since joining Sky in 2009, Gray has commissioned series including A League of Their Own and Got to Dance – the latter a coproduction between Princess and Shine TV. He was formally controller of entertainment at ITV, where during his tenure his commissions included Britain’s Got Talent, All Star Mr and Mrs and Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show.