Sky Entertainment Channels Director to Step Down

Stuart Murphy Headshot - H 2012
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Stuart Murphy Headshot - H 2012

Stuart Murphy will pursue "other creative opportunities."

Stuart Murphy, Sky's director, entertainment channels, has decided to step down from his role to pursue other creative opportunities, the pan-European pay TV giant said Friday.

"In his six and a half years with Sky, Stuart has overseen the expansion of the portfolio of Sky entertainment channels, including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic. Sky Arts and Sky Living," it said.

It added: "He developed the team responsible for multi-award winning content from A League Of Their Own, An Idiot Abroad, David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive and Fortitude to the upcoming Fungus The Bogeyman."

"Stuart has played an important part in the growth of Sky’s content over the past six years. I’d like to thank him for his creative leadership and everything he has done to build Sky’s entertainment channels." said Sky's managing director, content, Gary Davey.

"He’s been responsible for brilliant dramas from The Enfield Haunting to You, Me and the Apocalypse and standout comedies including Moone Boy and Stella. He has developed compelling channel brands, which our customers value and commissioned content they love. He leaves behind a strong and well-respected commissioning team who will take our content to even greater heights and we look forward to working with him in the future."

Murphy has signed a production commitment with Sky's international distribution arm Sky Vision to write and develop comedy and drama projects.

"This has been a private passion of mine for years, but I’m also very excited about exploring opportunities outside of TV," Murphy said.

Prior to joining Sky, where he helped launch its Sky Atlantic channel, Murphy was at the BBC, starting as a tea boy at the broadcaster's Manchester offices before rising to become the first channel controller of BBC Three.