Sky’s Managing Director of Content Sophie Turner Laing is to depart later this year, after 11 years with the satcaster.
As Managing Director of Content she was responsible s portfolio of entertainment, movie and news channels as well as its studios and production services. She also had responsibility for Sky’s relationships with joint venture and partner channels (such as Comedy Central UK) and the international distribution of channels and programmes. Sky said that a replacement would be named in due course, following a thorough recruitment process.
An 11 year veteran of Sky, Turner Laing joined the company in 2003 from the BBC, where she had served as acting Director of Television, and was appointed MD of Content in 2007. In her time at Sky, Sophie Turner Laing oversaw the growth of the pay TV company’s content business including the launch of new channels Sky Atlantic and Sky Living, the unprecedented output deal with HBO and the recent development deal with FX Networks. Prior to the BBC, Sophie Turner Laing held roles at Henson International Television, HIT Entertainment and Flextech.
“I would like to thank Sophie for her outstanding leadership and for the tremendous job she’s done developing our content business. With the support of an excellent team, Sophie has helped us to make a step change in the scale and ambition of our entertainment offering”, said Sky’s Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch. “Sophie will leave with all of our best wishes and I am pleased that she will continue to have a close relationship with Sky in the future. I’m confident that the strong foundations that Sophie has put in place, together with the strong team here at Sky, will enable us to take the business to even greater heights in the future.”
While Sophie Turner Laing added: “I have had the most fabulous career at Sky. As a passionate believer in creative change, it is now someone else’s turn to drive the next phase of growth in content at Sky. I have been hugely privileged and honoured to work with such brilliant colleagues across the company.”