Sky has tapped Phil Edgar-Jones to succeed James Hunt as the Director of Sky Arts, following Hunt’s departure from the position late last week. In his new role, Edgar-Jones will report to Stuart Murphy Sky’s Director of Entertainment and will be responsible for all Sky Arts programming.
He previously served as the Head of Entertainment for Sky. In that role he was responsible for commissioning a range of programmes for Sky’s portfolio of entertainment channels including Got To Dance and A League of Their Own. Sky said that Phil Edgar-Jones would also continue to have oversight over Sky’s Entertainment Commissioning until a new Head of Entertainment is appointed. Prior to his roles at BSkyB, Edgar Jones served as Creative Director of Endemol, where he executive produced Art School, Space Cadets and Shattered, as well as all ten series of Big Brother.
Hunt’s departure and Phil Edgar-Jones subsequent appointment as Director of Sky Arts comes after four years of growth for Sky Arts. Under James Hunt, the channel became a prime destination for high-end foreign language acquisitions, such as Hatufim and Maison Close, and started investing in original drama and comedy with the likes of Playhouse Presents and the award winning A Young Doctor’s Notebook; all of which saw Sky Arts increase its reach to over six million.
“Under James, Sky Arts went from strength to strength – it’s become the place world class talent want to play, has been recognised by all the major awards and receives widespread critical acclaim”, said Stuart Murphy. “I’m confident that Phil will take the Sky Arts brand to the next level, both as a TV channel and as an investor in the arts community – he is one of the most gifted and experienced TV execs in the UK, with an in depth knowledge of making TV of scale. His infectious energy, production experience and passion for the Arts make him the perfect successor.”