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ITV bolsters creative leadership with new senior appointments in ITV Network and ITV Studios

Published: Fri 08 Apr 2016

ITV bolsters creative leadership with new senior appointments in ITV Network and ITV Studios
ITV is bolstering its creative leadership across the business with the announcements today from Director of Television Kevin Lygo that Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning Polly Hill is to join the Network commissioning team as Head of Drama, Optomen MD Sue Murphy will join ITV commissioning as Head of Factual Entertainment, Siobhan Greene will move from ITV Studios to become the commissioning team’s Head of Entertainment, and Peter Davey has been promoted to Head of Comedy Entertainment.
ITV also announced that Angela Jain is to succeed Greene as Managing Director of ITV Studios Entertainment.
Discovery Networks International Senior Vice President, Content and Operations, Rosemary Newell will become ITV’s Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, as Jain moves to ITV’s production business.
Kevin Lygo, ITV Director of Television said:
“A channel’s programming is only as good as the choices the commissioning teams make, and so it is vital to have the best people possible in these crucial positions. I'm delighted to announce that Polly, Sue, Shu, Peter, and Rosemary will be joining imminently to lead the programming team through the next phase of ITV's output. Each of them bring a blend of passion and experience to the roles and I'm confident that as a team we can continue to build on the raft of shows that help to make ITV Britain's most popular commercial channel.”
Polly Hill, whose credits include The Night Manager, said:
“After 11 years at the BBC I am proud to be leaving it at the top of its game.  ITV has always played a vital part in the landscape of British drama and shows such as Cracker, Prime Suspect and Band of Gold, had a huge influence on me and the drama I wanted to make.  I am proud to be joining ITV and will lead the drama department into its next exciting chapter, making the very best popular drama, which will feel original, distinctive and authored.  It’s a new journey for me and I can’t wait to start.”
Sue Murphy, a former commissioning head at both Channel 4 and Channel 5, will step into the newly created post of Head of Factual Entertainment.  ITV’s experienced Controller of Factual, Jo Clinton Davis, will continue in her role, and will work to Murphy, with a particular responsibility for heading up documentary.
Sue Murphy said:
“I’m thrilled to be joining Kevin and the ITV team at such an exciting time. I have really enjoyed the past few years on the production front line at Optomen, but helping to reshape and evolve the factual footprint of a broadcasting institution like ITV is just an irresistible opportunity. I started my career at ITV {Granada} and I am really looking forward to commissioning and creating a new generation of ITV Fact Ent formats and programme brands.”
As Head of Entertainment at ITV Network Siobhan Greene will take on commissioning responsibilities for ITV’s big existing entertainment formats, from Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor, to I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, as well as The Voice, and The Voice Kids which will air on ITV from 2017. She will also assume responsibilities for brand extension shows on ITV2, including Get Me Out Of Here Now!, Britain’s Got More Talent and The Xtra Factor. 
Siobhan Greene said:
"The chance to do the job in a completely new way is a huge reason why I wanted to do it. I love entertainment with all my heart and I want to help keep these shows shining brightly, whilst also getting a chance to create the new."
ITV Entertainment Commissioner, Peter Davey, has been promoted to the role of Head of Comedy Entertainment. He will head up commissioning for a broad range of existing and new entertainment shows, including studio based formats and physical game shows, quiz and panel shows, reality formats as well as scripted and sketch comedy for both ITV main channel, and ITV digital channels.
Peter Davey said:
“It is the dream job. I'm lucky to be inheriting a wide portfolio of existing shows, the greatest talent on British television and a brief working together with the most creative producers to develop new and exciting hit shows. I can't wait to start.”
Angela Jain, ITV’s Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, will move to the role of Managing Director of ITV Studios Entertainment, leading the team to create great programming for both ITV and non-ITV channels, spearheading ITVS Entertainment’s ambition to be the home for the best talent both on-screen, in development and production.
Julian Bellamy, Managing Director, ITV Studios said:
"Angela is a gifted creative leader with a fantastic track record in both production and commissioning. I'm delighted she is joining us as the new Managing Director of ITVS Entertainment - her appointment is testament to the fact we continue to attract and retain some of the very best creative minds in the industry. I would like to thank Shu for her brilliant leadership of our entertainment team, she concludes her time here with a cracking series of Saturday Night Takeaway, a fantastic way to sign off at ITVS."
Angela Jain said:
"I have had a blast working with some of the very best in the business, commissioning shows like The Keith Lemon Sketch Show, Weekender and The Big Reunion and award-winning series like Plebs and Release The Hounds. Securing Family Guy for ITV2 was a channel defining moment. Whilst I leave behind some very talented colleagues who I will miss dearly, it's the perfect time for me to jump to the other side and start a new adventure. I will get to put into practise all of those things I have been asking other producers to do, for years! And fortunately I am not going too far."
Rosemary Newell joins ITV as Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, succeeding Jain as she moves to her new role in ITV Studios. Newell will be responsible for running ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, CITV, ITV Encore and ITVBe, as well as acquired programming across the network. 
 Rosemary Newell said:
“I am excited to be joining ITV, to be back in channel management and to be working again with Kevin and his team.  It's a great opportunity to be part of such a strong and successful portfolio.”
Polly Hill, Sue Murphy, Siobhan Greene, Peter Davey, and Rosemary Newell will all report to Kevin Lygo. Angela Jain will report to Julian Bellamy.
Note to Editors:
Polly Hill
As Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, Polly Hill oversaw the launch of Doctor Foster, War and Peace, and The Night Manager.
Prior to this, Hill was the BBC’s Head of Independent Drama between 2011 and 2015, where she was responsible for a wide range of acclaimed and award-winning dramas including The Missing, The Honourable Woman, The Shadow Line, Accused, Ripper Street, The Village, Death In Paradise, Poldark and Wolf Hall.
Polly joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer and then became a commissioning editor in 2008. Before joining the BBC, Polly was a producer on Cherished by Gwyneth Hughes, which won the Grierson Award. She worked at Channel 4 where she oversaw the first series of Teachers and started her career working for Verity Lambert, before getting her first script-editing job on EastEnders.
Sue Murphy
Murphy’s credits as Optomen Creative Director include Employable Me for BBC2, Bafta-nominated Kevin McCloud’s Escape To The Wild, Ramsay’s Costa Del Nightmares and Gordon Behind Bars, Undercover Doctor and Mary Portas Secret Shopper for Channel 4, Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch for CBBC and the forthcoming series The Miracle, hosted by Emma Willis, for ITV.
Prior to joining Optomen in 2012, Sue Murphy was Channel 4’s Head of Features and Factual Entertainment, and played a key role in commissioning many of C4’s longest running, iconic and award-winning programme brands including Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Gordon Ramsay’s F Word, Embarrassing Bodies, Heston’s Feasts, How to Look Good Naked, The Sex Education Show and Supersize vs Superskinny.  Her department was also responsible for My Big Fat Gypsy Weddings series, Undercover Boss, The Undateables and the influential Food Fight Seasons including individual programmes Hugh‘s Chicken Run, Ramsay’s Shark Bait, Cook-a-long Live and Hugh’s Fish Fight. 
Siobhan Greene
Siobhan Greene was the former Head of Television at Syco TV for nearly a decade, helping to create, launch and executive produce Britain's Got Talent and The X Factor. She has unrivalled experience in producing some of the biggest television shows in both the UK and US. As Director of Entertainment for ITV Studios Entertainment since 2012 she has been responsible for over 700 hours of entertainment television a year including the re-launch of the Bafta award-winning Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, a show she has executive produced for the last four years.
Peter Davey
As a member of ITV’s entertainment commissioning team for two years, Peter Davey’s commissioning credits include, Play To The Whistle,  Tonight At the London Palladium, forthcoming special The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration as well as Bang on The Money and The Next Great Magician. Prior to joining the ITV commissioning team, Davey was a Creative Director at ITV Studios where he executive produced ITV’s Text Santa.  He was also a former Director of Programmes at September Films, creating and producing shows for all UK broadcasters, including Beauty and The Geek, and Playing it Straight. Earlier in his career Peter held senior production roles at Hewland International and Granada Media, where he was responsible for originating the format which became I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!.
Angela Jain
Angela Jain has run ITV’s Digital portfolio and acquisitions for five years, commissioning shows such as Plebs, The Big Reunion, The Keith Lemon Sketch Show, Celebrity Juice Live, Love Island and The Real Housewives of Cheshire, as well as acquiring The Americans, and the Seth McFarlane shows including Family Guy, for ITV2.  As a former Head of E4, and Big Brother, Angela ran Channel 4’s biggest entertainment channel and its biggest entertainment show, and commissioned hit shows for the digital channel such as Misfits and The Inbetweeners as well as acquiring Big Bang Theory and Glee. Before moving into commissioning Angela spent 10 years in television production, producing and directing shows across a range of genres, from T4 to Moving People to The O Zone.
Rosemary Newell
Currently Senior Vice President, Programming and Content Operations, Discovery Networks International, Rosemary Newell is a highly experienced television executive with a strong background in managing channel portfolio strategy and schedules. With two decades of experience across BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery, Newell’s previous roles have included Scheduler roles at BBC2 and then BBC1, before moving to Channel 4 as Head of Programme Planning and Strategy, before rising to Controller, Broadcasting, and Head of Channel Management, with responsibility for managing the schedules across Channel 4’s entire portfolio of channels. At Discovery, Rosemary has managed the international content pipeline for DNI's 220 markets.