Adam Crozier, chief executive of ITV, said in a statement that Fincham told him in September of his plans to step down. “He and I have worked closely together since I joined ITV and he has been a great creative partner and has led a brilliant creative transformation of ITV’s programming, launching some of the biggest shows on British television.”
Fincham said the exit was a “personal decision” and noted that he will officially leave the company by Easter in late March, staying on to complete the handover process.
“I haven’t made any firm plans for the future yet, but I wouldn’t rule out a return to the indie sector – I ran TalkBack for a lot longer than I’ve been on the broadcasting side and that indie heart has never quite stopped beating,” said Fincham.
Fincham joined ITV as director of television in May 2008. His commissions include dramas Downton Abbey and Broadchurch, along with the factual series Long Lost Family and Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs, as well as The Only Way Is Essex and Celebrity Juice. Fincham began his career in TV in 1985 as a producer at TalkBack Productions, and became MD of that company a year later.
Meanwhile, Lygo said the opportunity to become director of television at ITV was “just too good to miss.” The exec was director of television at Channel 4 from 2003 to 2010 before heading to ITV to run the Studios division.
Replacing Lygo is Julian Bellamy, the former Discovery Networks International exec who has served as the MD of ITV Studios UK since 2014. Both Lygo and Bellamy will begin their new roles on February 1.
Finally, David McGraynor, finance director at ITV Studios, is to take on the new role of chief finance and operating officer for the Studios division.
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