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Sky brings content, studios arms under Frot-Coutaz’s leadership in UK and Ireland

Cécile Frot-Coutaz and Zai Bennett

Sky is bringing its non-sport content teams in the UK and Ireland together under one leadership structure, led by Cécile Frot-Coutaz.

Frot-Coutaz, previously CEO of Sky Studios, will take the new title of CEO Sky Studios and chief content officer.

She will expand her role to lead all parts of Sky’s content business in the UK and Ireland, excluding sport, with Sky’s UK and Ireland content business reporting to her as well as Sky News Group across Europe.

As part of the change, Zai Bennett, MD of content for Sky UK and Ireland, will report to Frot-Coutaz.

Bennett remains responsible for Sky’s output and performance in the UK and Ireland, leading Sky Entertainment, Sky Cinema and Sky Kids, along with commissioning for factual, entertainment, arts, kids and film as well as acquisitions across Sky Group.

The aim is to have the Sky Studios teams in the UK and Italy and the Sky UK and Ireland content teams become more closely aligned under the single leadership structure.

C21 understands Sky’s investment in drama, comedy, entertainment, cinema, kids, documentaries and arts content will continue, and the rejig doesn’t impact any projects currently in development or production across Sky UK and Ireland and Sky Studios.

Within Sky Studios, Katherine Butler leads drama commissioning and Alex Moody heads comedy commissioning, both reporting to Meghan Lyvers, director of original series, who reports to Frot-Coutaz. Nils Hartmann has responsibility for Sky Studios Italia and reports to Frot-Coutaz.

Within UK content, Phil Edgar-Jones leads commissioning for entertainment and arts, Lucy Murphy oversees commissioning for Sky Kids and Poppy Dixon heads commissioning for Sky factual and documentaries. Katie Keenan leads group acquisitions and Julia Stuart leads commissioning for original film, with Jamie Morris running strategy for all the Sky entertainment, cinema and kids’ services, all reporting to Bennett.

Sky is gearing up to launch original series such as Mary & George, starring Julianne Moore and Nicholas Galitzine; The Tattooist of Auschwitz, starring Harvey Keitel and Jonah Hauer-King; and The Day of the Jackal, starring Eddie Redmayne and Lashana Lynch.

In the UK, Sky is home to series such as House of the Dragon, Rob & Romesh Vs and Brassic, plus Sky original documentaries such as David Attenborough’s Sounds of Nature and Tell Them You Love Me.

Frot-Coutaz said: “By bringing Sky’s content teams together into a single structure, we can maximise the benefits of our content business, whilst continuing to invest in original programming across all genres.

“Across Sky Studios and UK and Ireland content, our teams deliver unmissable Sky originals to viewers in the UK and Ireland, across Sky Group and around the world. I am excited to work even more closely with Zai and the wider teams as we further our investment in British and Irish content.”

Bennett said: “Our exceptional commissioners, production and strategy teams across UK and Ireland content and Sky Studios already work incredibly closely together, so this is the next logical step.

“I am looking forward to collaborating further with Cécile and excited that 2024 is set to be a stellar year on screen for Sky customers across our entertainment, cinema and kids services.”

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