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ITV brings in head of scripted comedy

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has bolstered its commissioning team with the arrival of a former Channel 4 and Talkback executive.

Nana Hughes

Nana Hughes has been named head of scripted comedy, reporting to head of drama Polly Hill.

She will be responsible for developing scripted comedy and will also support developing scripted comedy drama.

Hughes is an award-winning comedy exec producer and founder of UK indie Saturday’s Child.

Prior to that, she was head of comedy at Talkback and head of development at Retort, where she was exec producer on award-winner Chewing Gum. Hughes also previously held the post of deputy commissioning editor for comedy and entertainment at Channel 4.

ITV’s director of television, Kevin Lygo, said: “I’m delighted that Nana is joining us to head up the comedy across our channels. She will be a wonderful addition to the commissioning team, developing new ideas for the main channel and ITV2, as well as bringing a fresh outlook to upcoming shows such as Spitting Image, and series two of our new hit sitcom Kate & Koji.”

Hill added: “I’m really delighted that the comedy and drama departments are coming together and I look forward to working with Nana, who I’ve wanted to work with for a while. She is going to be a brilliant addition to the ITV commissioning team and will bring an exciting new vision for comedy and drama, and I look forward to seeing the shows she is going to champion on ITV.”

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