Zai Bennett is getting a promotion. The satcaster today announced that the Director of Sky Atlantic is being upped to Director of Programmes, Sky Entertainment UK and Ireland.
In said post, he will take on overall leadership of the UK Entertainment team, effectively filling the post that was left vacant following the departure of Stuart Murphy late last year. Bennett will also retain responsibility for Sky Atlantic and will now be supported by Jamie Morris who was been named channel editor.
Director of Sky1 & Sky Living Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky Arts and Non-Scripted Phil Edgar-Jones, Head of Comedy Jon Mountague and Head of Kids Content Lucy Murphy will all report to Bennett. While Head Of Drama Anne Mensah and Director Of Acquisitions Sarah Wright will continue to report to Sky’s Managing Director of Content Gary Davey.
“It’s a hugely exciting time for Sky’s Entertainment Channels, with more amazing new original and acquired shows than ever before”, Zai Bennett said in a statement. “I’m really looking forward to working incredibly closely with Gary, Adam, Phil, Jon, Anne, Sarah, Jamie and Lucy on how we continue to raise the bar and offer our customers the very best TV.”
Bennett joined Sky in 2014 as Director of Sky Atlantic after he exited his post as Controller of BBC Three, following the corporation’s decision to move the channel online. During his time atop Sky Atlantic, the channel has commissioned a number of well received originals and closed an ouput deal with US premium cable network Showtime, similar to the channel’s pre-existing HBO deal.
“Zai has been a key member of the content team since 2014 and in that time has done an outstanding job of managing and curating the brilliant Sky Atlantic brand. I am delighted with the progress we have made on our content journey in the UK and we are ready to take our programming to a whole new level”, added Gary Davey. “The changes announced today will enable us to have a clearer focus for the content plan in the UK and Ireland while other members of my team continue to have responsibilities to both the UK and the rest of Europe.”