Days after citing the need for a ‘creative renewal’ for its in-house production arm, ITV has brought on Hat Trick co-founder Denise O’Donoghue as managing director for ITV Studios’ UK production business.
Joining ITV Studios managing director Kevin Lygo, the newly-created role will make her responsible for ITV Studios’ UK commercial strategy, production and rights management and business affairs.
O’Donoghue, with Jimmy Mulville, co-founded Hat Trick Productions, one of the UK’s more successful indies and the shop behind such comedy and entertainment programming as Father Ted and Have I Got News For You. Most recently, she had been NBC Universal’s international head of production, coming on board in August of 2009, and leaving in January of this year.
In its recent earnings report for the first nine months of 2010, ITV Studios posted a year-on-year revenue drop of 10% to £205 million, which the broadcaster said ‘emphasized the need for creative renewal.’