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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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