Sky parts ways with more factual execs

Clare Hanford, Colm Martin (pictured) and Charlotte Desai are leaving Sky's commissioning team as the UK pay-TV network completes a merger of its factual and features and factual entertainment departments.
July 23, 2013

Three commissioning executives are leaving Sky as the UK pay-TV network completes a merger of its factual and features and factual entertainment commissioning teams.

Commissioning editors Clare Hanford, Colm Martin (pictured above) and Charlotte Desai are departing the company in the shake-up, which is designed to eliminate overlap between the two genres and simplify the pitching process for independent producers.

“I want to thank them for their hard work and wish them all the success in what they go on to do,” Sky’s entertainment channels director Stuart Murphy wrote in a staff memo. “I hope we will be working with them all in different capacities soon.”

Chris Wilson, Lorraine Chalker-Phillips and Siobhan Mulholland will become commissioning editors for factual.

Last month, Sky combined the head of fact ent and head of factual and features commissioning roles, as well as the production exec for fact ent and production exec for factual and features roles. As a result, head of factual entertainment Michele Kurland and production exec Anne Cafferky stepped down and Celia Taylor and Eleanor Bailey became head of factual commissioning and production executive for factual, respectively.

Wilson, Chalker-Phillips and Mulholland will report to Taylor. Between them, their credits include Watchdog, One Born Every Minute, Who Do You Think You Are?, So You Think You Can Teach, Timewatch and Hanging Out.

“It’s so important we maintain our edge as a broadcaster, and continue to commission world class shows and attract world class talent across our networks,” wrote Murphy. “I feel really confident in this team’s ability to do that, and can’t wait to work with them on the next phase of the broad genre that is factual.”

He added the company will announce the factual production exec team “very soon.”

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