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Frot-Coutaz named Sky Studios CEO

European pay TV broadcaster Sky has appointed Cécile Frot-Coutaz as CEO of its production and development arm Sky Studios.

Cécile Frot-Coutaz

Currently head of YouTube in EMEA and formerly CEO of global production company Fremantle, Frot-Coutaz will sit on Sky’s group executive and will take up her post in September.

She replaces current CEO Gary Davey, who launched Sky Studios in 2019 and remains with the business to ensure a smooth transition before retiring later this year.

In her new role, Frot-Coutaz will take on the funding, development, production and commissioning teams for scripted Sky Originals, working with Sky’s content leads in each market, to deliver comedy, drama and documentaries.

She will also take charge of Sky Studios’ global portfolio of production companies, which includes Blast! Films, Jupiter Entertainment, True North and Love Productions, creator of the Great British Bake Off.

As CEO, her remit also includes Sky Studios Elstree, the new film and TV studio that will house 13 sound stages and is set to open next year.

Dana Strong, group CEO of Sky, said: “Cécile is a global leader in content and entertainment and has the bold vision and unique mix of experience needed to take Sky Studios to the next level of becoming a European production powerhouse. She is perfectly suited to lead Sky Studios as we ramp up our investment in original content and look ahead to cameras rolling at Sky Studios Elstree next year.”

Frot-Coutaz added: “Sky is a company that I have always admired as a content maker, as a partner and as a consumer. Like the rest of the industry I have witnessed the launch of Sky Studios just over two years ago and have seen the ambition and speed by which the organisation has grown. I could not pass up the opportunity to lead the studio through its next phase of growth and look forward to getting started later this year.”

Upcoming projects for Sky Studios across Europe include The Midwich Cuckoos, starring Keeley Hawes and Max Beesley; Die Wespe, a German comedy starring Florian Lukas; and Alfredino, a series tellling the story of Alfredo Rampi, an Italian child who died after falling into a well in 1981.

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