After serving as Acting Head of Comedy for the past two months, Jon Mountague has been officially promoted to the post. He succeeds Lucy Lumsden, who stepped down as Sky’s Head of Comedy in September.
Mountague joined Sky back in 2012 and has served as Commissioning Editor, Comedy for more than three years. In that time, he has worked across such projects as Stella, Mount Pleasant and Trollied.
In his new role, he will lead a team that includes Commissioning Editor Ben Boyer and Development Executive Morwenna Gordon. He will also oversee a comedy slate that includes Mid Morning Matters, starring Steve Coogan; recently announced Sky1 comedy Rovers; the Hunderby special; Yonderland; and After Hours, which is currently airing on Sky1 on Monday nights.
“Jon has done an outstanding job of nurturing many of our most important returning shows and I know he will take good care of Sky’s highly valued comedy heritage”, said Gary Davey, who himself succeeded Sophie Turner Laing as Managing Director of Content earlier this year. “I look forward to watching him take Sky comedy to the next level.”
Elsewhere, Davey has restructured executive ranks at the satcaster following the departure of Director of Entertainment Channels Stuart Murphy. As had been expected, Murphy is not being directly replaced, with most of his subordinates now reporting directly to Gary Davey. Those executives include Head of Comedy Jon Mountague, Sky Atlantic Director Zai Bennett, Sky Arts Director Phil Edgar-Jones, Head of Drama Anne Mensah and Head of Non-Scripted and Factual Celia Taylor.
Sky1 Director Adam MacDonald, who will also report directly to Gary Davey, is getting an expanded brief as part of the restructure and will add responsibility for Pick, Challenge and Sky Living to his remit. Stephen Ladlow, Director of Pick and Challenge, will now report to MacDonald, while current Sky Living Director Julia Barry will move over to On-Demand and report to Dominic Shorrocks, who has been given the lead for expanding on-demand and kids content.
“I’m committed to continuing to offer our customers a broad range of quality, original content. With our priorities in mind, I have reviewed the workings of our entertainment team to reflect this”, added Davey. “With the team now in place, I’m really excited about the future and continuing to deliver great, high quality entertainment content to our customers.”