Jon Mountague has been appointed as Sky Television’s Head of Comedy, with immediate effect.
“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. I look forward to watching him take Sky comedy to the next level.” – Gary Davey, Managing Director, Content, Sky plc
Jon has been carrying out the role of Acting Head of Comedy since September. Previously he was Commissioning Editor. Jon’s credits for Sky include award-winning Stella with Ruth Jones, Mount Pleasant starring Sally Lindsay and Dan Ryan and long running supermarket sitcom Trollied which is currently airing on Sky 1.
He will oversee a commissioning slate which includes the forthcoming Mid Morning Matters with Steve Coogan, Sue Johnston and Craig Cash series Rovers, Hunderby starring Julia Davis, Ardal O’Hanlon in After Hours and Yonderland.
“We’ve also announced an ambitious new line-up of fresh and modern programming for Sky 1, bolstered by the biggest investment we’ve made in its history. For the first time ever, we will offer brand new UK drama and comedy on this channel all year round. 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.” – Gary Davey, Managing Director, Content, Sky plc
Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky 1, is to also oversee the Sky Living channel which over the past year has moved away from its female-slanted programming to a more general appeal schedule. In addition to the two core stations, Adam will look after the Pick service, (formerly Sky 3) which offers repeats of recent and older Sky programming as well as game show station Challenge and its programme portfolio, with Stephen Ladlow, Director of Pick and Challenge, as his direct report.
Adam will report directly to Gary Davey, Managing Director, alongside Zai Bennett, Director of Sky Atlantic and Phillip Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts.
“Julia Barry, existing Director of Sky Living, will turn her focus to On Demand. As the customer importance for On Demand continues to grow, Julia will lead this vital area and build a stronger On Demand culture across the wider content team at Sky.” – Gary Davey, Managing Director, Content, Sky plc
Julia will report into Dominic Shorrocks, who leads the company’s Strategy and Operations group. Dominic will also be in charge of expanding the Sky Television presence in children’s content. He will be assisted by Lucy Murphy who joined the broadcaster recently as Head of Kids Editorial. Other heads in Sky production include Anne Mensah, Head of Drama and Celia Taylor, Head of Non-Scripted and Factual.