Zai Bennett is to take on the new role of Director of Programmes, Sky Entertainment UK and Ireland.

Zai Bennett

“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. 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.” – Gary Davey, Sky’s Managing Director of Content

In this newly created role Zai will take on overall leadership of the UK Entertainment team which includes Director of Sky 1 and 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. The announcement was made this morning by Gary Davey, Sky’s Managing Director of Content.

Zai will retain responsibility for Sky Atlantic, and will be supported by Jamie Morris who takes on the new position of Channel Editor, Sky Atlantic while retaining his existing responsibilities overseeing the scheduling for Sky Arts and Sky Atlantic.

Adam MacDonald will continue to manage Sky 1 and Sky Living, supported by Stephen Ladlow heading up the free-to air channels, Pick and Challenge. Phil Edgar-Jones will continue to lead Sky Arts, including the unique Arts Hub in Milan with additional responsibility for non-scripted programming.

The original comedy slate will remain under the leadership of Jon Mountague, with a focus on new and returning scripted comedy. Lucy Murphy, Head of Kids Content will also work in to Zai, as Sky continues to build on its successes in children’s programming. Anne Mensah continues her leadership of Drama reporting to Gary Davey as does Sarah Wright in Acquired Programming.

“It’s a hugely exciting time for Sky’s Entertainment Channels, with more amazing new original and acquired shows than ever before. 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.” – Zai Bennett

Prior to joining Sky Television three years ago Zai was Controller of BBC Three (pictured), other broadcasting roles include Controller of ITV2 and a scheduler at Channel 5. Zai began his media career at Carlton Television in London in 1995.

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