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U.K. TV giant ITV said Monday that director of television Peter Fincham has decided to step down after almost eight years and will be replaced by Kevin Lygo, currently managing director of the company’s ITV Studios arm.
The company also said that Julian Bellamy, currently managing director of ITV Studios in the U.K. and a former top executive at Discovery Communications, will move up to replace Lygo as the head of all of ITV Studios, which includes ITV America, now run by Leftfield Entertainment founder and CEO Brent Montgomery.
David McGraynor, currently ITV Studios finance director, will take on the new role of chief finance and operating officer.
Lygo and Bellamy will begin their new roles on Feb. 1, with Fincham remaining at ITV until the end of March to complete the handover process.
“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,” ITV CEO Adam Crozier said in a statement. “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.”
He 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 U.S. 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 U.K. and internationally.”
Said Fincham: “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 11 years. Quite simply, it’s time to do something different.”
Said Lygo: “I’ve had a terrific time over the last five years building ITV Studios in the U.K. and internationally into the success story that it is today, but the chance to become director of television of the U.K.’s biggest commercial broadcaster was just too good to miss. I can’t wait to get started.”
Said Bellamy: “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 U.K. and internationally.”
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