LONDON — The controller of BBC drama commissioning, Polly Hill, is to join commercial network ITV as head of drama. Her recent credits have included “Doctor Foster,” “War and Peace” and “The Night Manager.”
ITV director of television Kevin Lygo also announced Friday that Optomen managing director Sue Murphy will join ITV commissioning as head of factual entertainment, Siobhan Greene will move from ITV Studios to become the ITV commissioning team’s head of entertainment, and Peter Davey has been promoted to head of comedy entertainment.
ITV also announced that Angela Jain is to succeed Greene as managing director of ITV Studios Entertainment, and Rosemary Newell, Discovery Networks Intl. senior VP, content and operations, will become ITV’s head of digital channels and acquisitions.
Prior to Hill’s present role, she was the BBC’s head of independent drama between 2011 and 2015, where she was responsible for “The Missing,” “The Honorable Woman,” “Ripper Street,” “Poldark” and “Wolf Hall.”
She joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer and then became a commissioning editor in 2008. Before joining the BBC, she was a producer on “Cherished” by Gwyneth Hughes, which won the Grierson Award. She worked at Channel 4, where she oversaw the first series of “Teachers,” and started her career working for Verity Lambert, before getting her first script-editing job on “EastEnders.”
Hill said: “After 11 years at the BBC I am proud to be leaving it at the top of its game. ITV has always played a vital part in the landscape of British drama and shows such as ‘Cracker,’ Prime Suspect’ and ‘Band of Gold’ had a huge influence on me and the drama I wanted to make. I am proud to be joining ITV and will lead the drama department into its next exciting chapter, making the very best popular drama, which will feel original, distinctive and authored. It’s a new journey for me and I can’t wait to start.”