ITV Studios U.K. Chief Steps Down

"Mr. Selfridge"

Denise O'Donoghue will remain on the commercial broadcaster's production board but will no longer serve as managing director, as of the end of this year.

LONDON – Veteran TV executive Denise O'Donoghue is stepping down from her role as managing director of ITV Studios U.K.

"After 30 years in television, I have decided to scale back my working commitments and will leave my role as managing director of ITV Studios U.K. at the end of this year," O'Donoghue said.

The executive, who spent four years in her current position, said she has enjoyed playing a part "in the enormous change in ITV's fortunes." The commercial broadcaster's production and finance arm has boosted its profile and output during her tenure.

"I look forward to continuing to help steer ITVS in its next phase, remaining as a member of the ITVS board after I have stepped down from my current role," O'Donoghue said.

ITV Studios brought dramas Lucan and The Widower, returning drama series Vera and Mr. Selfridge, entertainment series Big Star's Little Star and Saturday Night Takeaway as well as factual entertainment show The Big Reunion to the screen.

ITV Studios managing director Kevin Lygo said: "A key part of our strategy is to build a strong international content business, creating more of our own programs which are successful here in the U.K. and internationally."

Lygo noted that O'Donoghue has played a "crucial role" in rebuilding the U.K. production business "by bringing in and managing brilliant creative talent, which in turn has resulted in the development of a strong and healthy content pipeline."

O’Donoghue’s successor will be announced soon.