One of the pioneers of Blighty’s TV indie sector is quitting after two decades at the helm of Hat Trick.
Denise O’Donoghue, who co-founded the outfit in 1986 with Jimmy Mulville, will ankle in January.
“Hat Trick has been a major part of my life, and I have loved it, but now it is time for something different,” she said. “What that will be I have no idea — which is something of a novelty I intend to enjoy.
O’Donoghue, who keeps a low in-dustry profile, made more than £11 million ($20 million) two years ago when she sold half her Hat Trick stake to private equity firm Kleinwort Capital.
Best known for its comedy and en-tertainment shows, Hat Trick’s U.S. successes include “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and “The Kumars at No 42.”