Optomen’s Murphy joins ITV as head of fact ent

Sue Murphy, most recently MD at Optomen in the UK, joins the broadcaster in a newly created role, while appointments are also made for entertainment and digital channels divisions.
April 8, 2016

ITV’s director of television, Kevin Lygo, has made several key appointments for his commissioning team, creating a new post for head of factual entertainment in the process.

Sue Murphy, most recently MD at Optomen in the UK, is taking that post, while Siobhan Greene is moving from her post as director of entertainment at ITV Studios to head up entertainment commissioning for the UK broadcaster.

Murphy also headed up factual entertainment commissioning at Channel 4 and Channel 5. Meanwhile, current controller of factual, Jo Clinton Davis, remains in her role, reporting to Murphy and with a focus on documentary.

Other moves include the promotion of Peter Davey to head of comedy entertainment, the hiring of Discovery Networks International content and operations SVP Rosemary Newell to head of digital channels and acquisitions, and the appointment of former BBC drama commissioning head Polly Hill as head of drama.  Angela Jain is moving to ITV Studios Entertainment as MD, replacing Greene.

“A channel’s programming is only as good as the choices the commissioning teams make, and so it is vital to have the best people possible in these crucial positions,” said Lygo in a statement. “I’m delighted to announce that Polly, Sue, Shu, Peter, and Rosemary will be joining imminently to lead the programming team through the next phase of ITV’s output. Each of them bring a blend of passion and experience to the roles and I’m confident that as a team we can continue to build on the raft of shows that help to make ITV Britain’s most popular commercial channel.”

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