Sue Murphy is exiting her role as head of features and factual entertainment at UK broadcaster Channel 4 (C4) to take on the newly created role of creative director for indie prodcos Optomen and One Potato Two Potato.
In her new role, she will work closely with the executive producers and senior teams at the sister companies, to bring shows from commission to broadcast, and also take the lead on UK development for Optomen and One Potato.
Murphy will work with the team to develop and pitch ideas for all UK broadcasters, come up with new content ideas for the companies’ stable of talent, and discover new talent.
Murphy has spent more than a decade with C4, where she was responsible for shows ranging from Embarrassing Bodies, How To Look Good Naked and Food Fight. While at the broadcaster, she has worked with Optomen since 2004, on the first series of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, and has also collaborated with the prodco on Ramsay’s F Word and Cookalong Live.
Murphy said: “I have been lucky enough to work with the best commissioners, the best on-screen talent and with an awful lot of talented independent producers. It’s very difficult to leave the channel and my truly brilliant team, but I just couldn’t resist the new opportunity at Optomen – a company I have long admired.”
Pat Llewellyn, Optomen’s MD and co-founder of One Potato Two Potato, added: “Sue is one of the best editorial brains in the business, she never accepts second best, and she expects everyone to share her total commitment to making each and every one of her shows as good as they can be.”
Finally, C4′s chief creative officer Jay Hunt also added: “Sue is a rare talent who has made a huge contribution to Channel 4 over many years. I will miss her and am looking forward to working with her on future shows for Channel 4.”