Turner Laing upped at Sky


LONDON -- BSkyB has promoted Sophie Turner Laing to the newly created role of managing director of entertainment, reporting to chief executive James Murdoch, it was announced Thursday.

Turner Laing will assume control of Sky's entertainment content businesses, including Sky Movies, Sky One, Sky Two, Sky Three, Sky Arts and Sky Travel, formerly part of the portfolio of departing Sky Networks head Dawn Airey, who is leaving in April.

Previously deputy managing director of Sky Networks, Turner Laing joined the satcaster in 2003 as director of film channels and acquisitions. She has been responsible for movie and series acquisitions as well as overseeing highbrow arts network Sky Arts.

Most recently she was in charge of rebranding the Sky Movies portfolio of channels into genre-based channels and launching the Sky Anytime PC-based on-demand movie download service.

"Sophie is one of the most experienced and accomplished executives in television and I am delighted that she will lead the continuing evolution of our entertainment offering," Murdoch said in a statement.