Emma Hardy is slated to step down from her role as MD of Endemol Shine UK-owned prodco Princess Productions after more than 20 years with the company.
Hardy (pictured), who’s scheduled to depart this summer, will continue to oversee the company’s production stable during the six month handover process. Succession plans have yet to be announced.
“I have loved my time at Princess and feel incredibly lucky to have worked with so many brilliant and talented people,” said Hardy in a statement. “It’s very important to me that a handover is seamless ensuring Princess continues to go from strength to strength.”
The seasoned exec joined Princess in 1996 and became joint MD alongside Conor Baily in 2014. Under Hardy’s guidance, the London-based shop has developed a raft of hit formats including Sunday Night Project, Got to Dance, The Wright Stuff, Channel 4 event Stand Up to Cancer and ITV primetime entertainment series Steal the Show.
Baily, who previously served as finance director, is leaving the company later this month.
In recent years, Princess has worked to create innovative content with YouTube creators, while also partnering with Cancer Research UK to produced Stand Up to Cancer with YouTube. The live-streamed event, which featured more than 120 digital creators, raised £400,000 (US$500,000) for Cancer Research UK.
“Emma is a brilliant and passionate leader who has an extraordinary ability to move seamlessly between genres and platforms with an instinctive feel for what audiences want,” added Endemol Shine UK CEO Richard Johnston. “She has nurtured shows and talent alike, making Princess a fantastic place to both work and work with. We will miss her a great deal but happily we have several months more of her leadership before we have to say goodbye.”