Sky TV’s director of entertainment channels Stuart Murphy is leaving the pay-TV broadcaster to “pursue other creative opportunities.”
“For 14 of the past 17 years I have been running TV channels, including a fantastic six and a half years with Sky. TV has been a huge part of my life but with our entertainment in great shape, now feels the ideal time to have a think about what else I want to do,” the exec said in a statement.
Murphy added that he has signed a production deal with international distributor Sky Vision to develop comedy and drama projects.
In his time with Sky, Murphy was charged with overseeing the growth of the company’s entertainment channels, including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and Sky Living, while bolstering Sky’s relationship with UK indies. Additionally, his remit included oversight of the comedy, drama, and factual and entertainment commissioning teams.
From 2009 to 2012, Murphy served as director of programs for Sky 1, where he commissioned such original Emmy-nominated titles as Strikeback, An Idiot Abroad and Treasure Island. In February 2011, the exec launched Sky Atlantic, the result of a multi-year exclusive deal with HBO.
Appointed director of entertainment channels in 2012, Murphy has overseen the relaunch of Sky Living and Sky Arts, while developing “the world’s largest On Demand arts catalog” and free-to-air channels Pick and Challenge.
Murphy has also led the company’s strategy to expand its investment in original production, with development credits including A League Of Their Own, An Idiot Abroad and David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive.
Prior to boarding Sky, Murphy served as creative director at Twofour Productions, creative director at RDF, and was also the first controller of BBC3.