Mensah to head drama at BSkyB

Exec was head of indie drama at BBC

Anne Mensah has been tapped head of drama at U.K. pay TV company BSkyB.

Mensah, who will report to Stuart Murphy, director of programs for channels Sky One, Sky Two and Sky Three, will oversee drama commissioning for Sky One, Sky Living, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and Sky Movies.

The exec, formerly head of drama at BBC Scotland and head of indie drama at the BBC, fills the role vacated by Elaine Pyke, who was recently promoted to director of programs at Sky Atlantic.

Murphy said: “Anne has stood out in the industry as someone who loves writers, takes thrilling but calculated creative risks and nurtures ambitious projects, so is ideally suited to running the slate.”

Mensah joined BBC Scotland as head of drama in February 2006. She was promoted to the BBC’s head of independents in April 2009, overseeing independent drama development across the U.K.

Previously, she was exec producer for BBC drama, north, with special responsibility for developing drama in the North of England.

Her exec producer credits include “Wallander,” “God on Trial,” “Fiona’s Story,” “Waterloo Road,” “Bodies,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Life Is Not All Ha Ha Hee Hee.”

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