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Drama chief Lyvers adds Katherine Butler, Adrian Sturges to Sky Studios team

Sky’s original programming arm in Europe, Sky Studios, has appointed Katherine Butler and Adrian Sturges to its original drama team.

Adrian Sturges and Katherine Butler

Butler is the new director of commissioning for drama and Sturges is exec producer for drama, reporting to Meghan Lyvers, the former CBS exec who joined as director of original drama for the UK and Ireland earlier this year.

Most recently creative director at drama prodco The Ink Factory, Butler will be responsible for overseeing Sky Studios’ slate of commissioned drama projects in the UK and Ireland.

Her team includes Sky Studios commissioning editors Manpreet Dosanjh, Paul Gilbert and head of development Tilly Coulson.

During her time at The Ink Factory, Butler was responsible for the creative strategy of the business across the US and UK, working with the team to build scripted slates in London, LA and Asia and executive producing across TV and film projects.

Prior to this, she was head of film and TV drama at Raw, where she produced feature films American Animals and Dream Horse. Butler previously worked at Film4 for nine years, where she was deputy head of film, and as head of development at Ruby Films.

Until joining Sky Studios, Adrian Sturges worked as an independent freelance producer and recently produced the Netflix series The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself, adapted by Joe Barton for Andy Serkis’s company The Imaginarium.

In 2017, Sturges produced Chimerica for Channel 4 before going on to produce psychological thriller The Third Day, starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris, for HBO/Sky Studios in 2019.

In his new role as exec producer, Sturges will work directly with indie-commissioned projects and those developed and produced in-house, overseeing the production, execution and delivery of Sky Original dramas. He will work alongside current exec producers Sam Hoyle, Serena Thompson and Kara Manley and will also report to Lyvers.

Sturges will start his new role at Sky Studios this month, with Butler expected to join in the new year.

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