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Sky names Zai Bennett as UK entertainment chief

European pay-TV operator Sky has promoted Zai Bennett  to director of programs for Sky Entertainment in the UK and Ireland. Effective immediately, the former Sky Atlantic head and BBC3 controller will ...
November 17, 2016

European pay-TV operator Sky has promoted Zai Bennett  to director of programs for Sky Entertainment in the UK and Ireland.

Effective immediately, the former Sky Atlantic head and BBC3 controller will assume leadership of the UK entertainment team. He will also retain responsibility for UK and Ireland network Sky Atlantic.

As part of the transition, Jamie Morris will move into the role of channel editor for Sky Atlantic while continuing to head up scheduling for Sky Arts and Sky Atlantic.

Bennett’s entertainment team includes director of Sky 1 and Sky Living Adam MacDonald, director of Sky Arts and non-scripted Phil Edgar-Jones, head of comedy Jon Mountague and head of kids content Lucy Murphy.

Edgar-Jones recently replaced Celia Taylor, who announced her departure as Sky’s head of non-scripted last week after seven years in the role.

“The changes announced today will enable us to have a clearer focus for the content plan in the UK and Ireland while other members of my team continue to have responsibilities to both the UK and the rest of Europe,”Sky’s managing director of content Gary Davey said in a statement.

Prior to joining Sky in 2014, Bennett was controller of BBC3 and spent 12 years at ITV.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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