Phil Edgar-Jones has been appointed Director, Sky Arts.
He succeeds James Hunt, who stepped down last week after four and a half years running the channel. Edgar-Jones was previously Sky’s Head of Entertainment, where he most recently commissioned Portrait Artist of the Year, Parkinson’s Masterclasses, Talks Music and the forthcoming Elaine Paige Show, as well as overseeing a number of entertainment brands including Got To Dance and A League of Their Own.
Sky Arts has attracted some of the world’s most famous faces, including Daniel Radcliffe, Jon Hamm, Vanessa Redgrave, Sir Tom Jones and Kylie Minogue, often making their UK or TV debuts. The upcoming series of Playhouse Presents features Matthew Perry and Cara Delevingne in their first UK TV roles, as well as Jo Brand, Billie Piper and Richard Wilson, and underlines Sky’s commitment to investment in original UK content and production. – Sky
Sky Arts boasts a list of television achievements including broadcasting the first live opera simulcast, the longest ever continuous OB, the first live coverage of a major gallery opening as well as the first rock, opera and dance broadcasts in 3D. The channel brought the South Bank Show back to screens following ITV axing art from its remit and, in just four years, grown 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, 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. – Stuart Murphy, Director of Entertainment
Before joining Sky, Phil Edgar-Jones was Creative Director of Endemol, overseeing all ten series of the original Channel 4 Big Brother.