Sky’s Comedy Chief Lucy Lumsden To Exit, Jon Mountague Named Acting Head Of Comedy

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Sky is losing another one of their key executives. Mere months after Sky Living Director Antonia Hurford-Jones exited the company, Lucy Lumsden is set to step down from her current role as Head of Comedy, TVWise has learned.

Lumsden’s decision to leave Sky was driven by her desire to return to her production roots and produce new series. She will exit her post next week (on September 25th), but will continue to serve as executive producer on her current slate of shows until the end of the year. Commissioning Editor Jon Mountague will step in as Acting Head of Comedy. Sky will begin the recruitment process for a permanent replacement shortly.

“I’m sorry to say that Lucy Lumsden has decided to leave Sky to work on her own shows”, Sky’s Director of Entertainment Stuart Murphy said in an email to staff announcing Lumsden’s exit. “Lucy is one of a kind, a real comedy genius, and we will miss her contribution to Sky enormously. She  started here 6 years ago to an empty comedy cupboard, and in that time has built a formidable commissioning team”.

Lucy Lumsden joined Sky in 2009 from the BBC, where, as the corporation’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning, she was responsible for commissioning such series as Outnumbered, Gavin and Stacey, The Catherine Tate Show, and Miranda. Since taking up post as Sky’s Head of Comedy some six years ago, Lumsden has been instrumental in the satcaster’s push into scripted comedy, having green-lit some 63 series including Stella, Trollied and Mount Pleasant.

“I leave Sky with a heavy heart after 6 wonderful years as Head of Comedy but I now feel it’s the right moment to start a new chapter and get closer to the creative coalface”, said Lumsden. “I’m very grateful to have worked with so many talented, smart and funny people in my time both inside and outside Sky. I’d like to thank my boss Stuart Murphy for his encouragement, revolutionary spirit and for being a constant source of inspiration. I’m extremely proud of what we have all achieved and will miss my team enormously.’