Sky adds three commissioners to unscripted team

Shirley Jones, Bill Hobbins and James Quinn will commission entertainment and factual programming across the UK pay-TV broadcaster's portfolio of channels.
May 6, 2015

UK pay-TV broadcaster Sky has hired three reality and factual producers to its unscripted commissioning team.

Shirley Jones, Bill Hobbins and James Quinn will commission entertainment and factual programming across Sky’s portfolio of channels. Jones and Hobbins will focus on entertainment, while Quinn will work on factual.

Formerly of Lime Pictures, Jones executive produced season five of The Only Way Is Essex for ITV and has also produced several reality series for Twofour, Endemol and Objective Productions.

Hobbins joins Sky from Lion Television where he served as entertainment executive. His executive producer credits include BBC3′s Sexy Beasts and Horrible Histories for CBBC, where he ran the in-house development team. He has also worked for production companies Mentorn and RDF.

Lastly, James Quinn is moving to Sky from Oxford Film & Television where he was head of special projects. His credits include Channel 4 doc Psychopath Night and BBC’s documentary sitcom Life is Toff. He also worked as head of factual for October Films where he made several docs for Channel 4′s ‘Cutting Edge’ strand.

Last month, Chris Brogden left Sky’s unscripted commissioning team to join the Tinopolis Group as creative director.

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