Claudia Rosencrantz Exiting Post at Living TV Group

11:21 AM PST 01/06/2011 by Mimi Turner

She has been credited with giving Simon Cowell his start while she worked at ITV.

LONDON -- She is credited with putting Simon Cowell on screen when she was head of entertainment at ITV. Now Claudia Rosencrantz is stepping down as director of television at Living TV Group, sources said Thursday.

Rosencrantz is the latest in an exodus of senior staff to quit Living TV after it was acquired last year by BSkyB for £165 million.

Group managing director Johnny Webb and director of programs Daniela Neumann have already announced their departure.

As an executive, Rosencrantz has built up a lot of kudos both in the U.K and U.S. Prior to joining Living she spent ten years at ITV, where she was credited with launching a slew of shows including X Factor, Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?, I’m A Celebrity and Hell’s Kitchen, all of which went on to be global hits.

Living, which has launched fare like Grey’s Anatomy, America’s Next Top Model and Spartacus Blood and Sand to Brit audiences, is now being integrated into bigger channel portfolio that also includes Sky1, Sky2, Sky Arts and the soon to launch Sky Atlantic.

Rosencrantz is understood to believe that there is no comparable role for her within the Sky management framework, and her departure is like to be announced within the next few weeks.

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