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ITV announces changes to creative leadership

Published: Mon 18 Jan 2016

ITV today announced that Director of Television Peter Fincham has decided to step down after almost eight years at the broadcaster and will be succeeded by Kevin Lygo, currently Managing Director of ITV Studios.
The company also announced that Julian Bellamy, Managing Director of ITV Studios in the UK, will move up to replace Lygo.  David McGraynor, ITV Studios Finance Director, will take on the new role of Chief Finance and Operating Officer of the Studios division.
Adam Crozier, Chief Executive of ITV, said: “Peter came to see me in September to say that he wanted to step down and whilst I am sorry to see him leave, eight years is a long time and I fully respect his desire for a new challenge. He and I have worked closely together since I joined ITV and he has been a great creative partner and has led a brilliant creative transformation of ITV’s programming, launching some of the biggest shows on British television.  We wish him all the very best for the future.“
Crozier added: “We are fortunate to have some of the best creative talent in the industry at ITV and that has enabled us to put in place a seamless succession plan.  I’m delighted that Kevin is to take on the role of Director of Television, a position he previously held at Channel 4.  He is perfectly placed to lead the commissioning team as we enter this next exciting phase. It’s also fantastic news that Julian is going to run our Studios business.  The US is obviously a huge focus for ITV, and Julian’s experience whilst at Discovery will be incredibly important as we continue to grow and develop in the UK and internationally.”
Fincham said: “This is a personal decision that I have been thinking about for a good while. By the time I leave at Easter I will have been a channel controller at the BBC and ITV, amazing as it seems, for eleven years.  Quite simply, it’s time to do something different.
“I’ve been lucky enough to work with Adam and senior colleagues at ITV during a period of great revival, supported by a wonderful team, and there’s a very strong pipeline of new programmes to look forward to. I haven’t made any firm plans for the future yet, but I wouldn’t rule out a return to the indie sector - I ran TalkBack for a lot longer than I’ve been on the broadcasting side and that indie heart has never quite stopped beating.  I’ll miss ITV and I won’t deny that Director of Television at ITV is a hard job to leave, but it’s somebody else’s turn and I wish Kevin the very best of luck  - I’m sure he will do it brilliantly.”
Lygo said: “I’ve had a terrific time over the last five years building ITV Studios in the UK and internationally into the success story that it is today, but the chance to become Director of Television of the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster was just too good to miss. I can’t wait to get started.
“Peter has done an amazing job in leading the creative resurgence of ITV’s programming. I have enjoyed working closely with him during that time and wish him the very best for the future.  I’m also delighted to leave ITV Studios in the extremely capable hands of Julian who will do a fantastic job.”
Bellamy said:  “I’m incredibly excited about this wonderful opportunity.  Over the last few years, ITV Studios has gone from strength to strength and grown into a great global content company. I am very much looking forward to taking the business to the next level working with the best creative teams in the business both in the UK and internationally.“
Lygo and Bellamy will begin their new roles on February 1 with Fincham remaining at ITV until the end of March to complete the handover process.
Note to Editors:
Peter Fincham joined ITV as Director of Television in May 2008. His commissions include hit dramas Downton Abbey, Broadchurch, Cilla and The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies; critically acclaimed factual series Long Lost Family and Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs; Bafta award winning The Only Way Is Essex and Celebrity Juice; as well as the revival of Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.  He has also been responsible for launching current affairs strand Exposure, topical discussion show The Agenda and arts series Perspectives.  More recently he has been central to the relaunch of News at Ten, ITV’s acquisition of key sports contracts, such as Six Nations Rugby and horse racing as well as The Voice and Family Guy.  Prior to ITV he was Controller of BBC One where he commissioned programmes including How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?  and The One Show.  Fincham began his broadcasting career as a producer in 1985 at Talkback Productions.  He became Managing Director of the company a year later and executive produced many of its biggest shows including Smack the Pony, Da Ali G Show and Never Mind the Buzzcocks and I’m Alan Partridge.
Kevin Lygo was Director of Television at Channel 4 from 2003 to 2010 when he was brought in by Adam Crozier to run ITV Studios.  He also spent two years at Channel Five from 2001 to 2003 and prior to that was Channel 4’s head of entertainment where he commissioned Smack the Pony, So Graham Norton, Trigger Happy TV and Spaced.
Julian Bellamy spent three years at Discovery Networks International as Creative Director and Head of Commissioning before joining ITV Studios as Managing Director of the UK business in 2014.  From 2007 to 2010, Bellamy was Head of Programming at Channel 4 and prior to that he ran BBC3 and E4.  He also spent time as Channel 4’s Head of Factual Entertainment and was commissioning editor of Channel 4 News and Current Affairs.
David McGraynor joined ITV as Finance Director of ITV Studios in June 2011. He qualified with Arthur Andersen in Dublin in 1996 and has extensive international experience having worked with businesses in the UK, the US, Australia, Russia, Brazil, and Western Europe. Prior to this he spent seven years with TUI Travel PLC in a number of senior finance roles including Finance Director of its Specialist and Emerging Markets Division and Director of M&A.