Jeremy Darroch
Andrea Southam/Sky
United Kingdom
2020

Sky Group

Jeremy
Darroch

Executive Chairman

Comcast-owned pay-TV company Sky, with 24 million subscribers across seven European countries, had been depending on its exclusive sports coverage and Hollywood output deals to attract subscribers, but it has increasingly been high-budget original shows that are drawing customers, such as mob tale “Gangs of London” — its most binged drama — which moved from Cine­max to AMC before its U.S. bow. Sky will double its investment in originals by 2024, and in early 2020 Darroch said it would offer 80 original series to British subscribers this year — a 25% increase. Alas, in March COVID-19 shuttered 29 productions. In July, Sky was cleared to start building the massive Sky Studios Elstree near London, which will be the production base for its releases from NBC­Universal and likely generate up to an additional £3 billion ($3.79 million). In 2021, his role was shifted to executive chairman, with comcast exec Dana Strong succeeding Darroch as group CEO of Sky.

Career

  • Sky Pictures
  • DSG International
  • Procter & Gamble

Education

  • University of Hull (England)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Achievement in International Television
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Comcast Appoints Dana Strong as Sky Group CEO

Comcast Appoints Dana Strong as Sky Group CEO

Comcast Cable executive Dana Strong is set to succeed Jeremy Darroch as CEO of Sky Group in what is a major restructure at the European pay-TV operator.A 13-year veteran of Sky, Darroch will stay on as executive chairman through 2021, and will serve as an advisor to the company thereafter. The reshuffle comes just over two years since Comcast completed its acquisition of Rupert Murdoch's pay-TV outfit.Strong, who joined Comcast in 2018 from Sky competitor Virgin Media in the U.K.,...

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