Sky is bringing together all of its non-sports content teams in the UK and Ireland under one leadership structure, led by Cécile Frot-Coutaz.
Currently Chief Executive of Sky Studios, home to Sky original comedy and drama across Europe, Frot-Coutaz will expand her role to lead all parts of Sky’s content business in the UK and Ireland, excluding sport.
Sky’s UK and Ireland content business will now report to her as well as Sky News Group across Europe.
Frot-Coutaz will take on the new title of CEO of Sky Studios and Chief Content Officer. Frot-Coutaz joined Sky in 2021 after leadership roles at Fremantle and YouTube.
The Managing Director of Content for Sky UK and Ireland, Zai Bennett, will remain responsible for Sky’s output and performance in the UK and Ireland, leading Sky Entertainment, Sky Cinema and Sky Kids, along with commissioning for factual, entertainment, arts, kids and film as well as acquisitions across Sky Group.
As part of the change, Bennett will report directly to Frot-Coutaz. Bennett previously reported to Stephen van Rooyen, Sky CEO for U.K. and Ireland, who departs the company this month after 17 years in the job.
Cécile Frot-Coutaz, CEO Sky Studios and Chief Content Officer said: “By bringing Sky’s content teams together into a single structure, we can maximise the benefits of our content business, whilst continuing to invest in original programming across all genres.”
Zai Bennett, MD of Content, Sky UK and Ireland, said of the move: “Our exceptional commissioners, production and strategy teams across UK and Ireland Content and Sky Studios already work incredibly closely together, so this is the next logical step. I am looking forward to collaborating further with Cécile and excited that 2024 is set to be a stellar year on screen for Sky customers across our Entertainment, Cinema and Kids services.”
Upcoming Sky Original series include Mary & George, starring Julianne Moore and Nicholas Galitzine, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, starring Harvey Keitel and Jonah Hauer-King, and The Day of the Jackal, starring Eddie Redmayne and Lashana Lynch.