Sophie Turner Laing (pictured), managing director of content for UK pay-TV broadcaster Sky, plans to step down from her role later this year.
Turner Laing joined the BSkyB-owned group in 2003 after working in a number of senior roles for the BBC, including acting director of television. At Sky, Laing was responsible for the broadcaster’s portfolio of entertainment, movie and news channels as well as its studios and production services.
She is credited with helping facilitate the launch of Sky Atlantic, Sky Living and Sky Arts, as well as a partnership with HBO and Sky’s increased original British production.
Sky has indicated in a statement that it will “undertake a thorough recruitment process and announce the appointment of Sophie’s successor in due course.” Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s chief executive, added that Turner Laing will have a close relationship with Sky in the future.
“I would like to thank Sophie for her outstanding leadership and for the tremendous job she’s done developing our content business,” said Darroch in a statement. “With the support of an excellent team, Sophie has helped us to make a steep change in the scale and ambition of our entertainment offering.”
Turner Laing said: “I have had the most fabulous career at Sky. As a passionate believer in creative change, it is now someone else’s turn to drive the next phase of growth in content at Sky. I have been hugely privileged and honored to work with such brilliant colleagues across the company.”