23 May 2007
23rd May 2007
Dawn Airey to join ITV as Director of Global Content
ITV today announced that Dawn Airey will join ITV as Director of Global Content.
In this role she will be responsible for developing ITV's UK and international
production, distribution and content exploitation businesses.
Dawn will report to John Cresswell, ITV's Chief Operating Officer and will take
up the post later this year. ITV Productions, Granada Ventures, Granada
International and ITV's international production businesses in Australia,
Germany and the US will report into her. Together, these businesses generated
£652 million revenue in 2006, including £370 million of internal sales to ITV.
Of her appointment John Cresswell said:
'This is great news for ITV and a great job for Dawn. I'm delighted she's
joining us to build the content business which continues to be at the heart of
our growth strategy.'
Dawn Airey said:
'It's wonderful to return to my alma mater. It's an incredibly exciting time to
be joining ITV and I'm looking forward to working with some of the UK's best
production talent. Together with John Whiston and his creative team, I'm
confident that we can deliver the programmes and content that Simon Shaps and
his commissioners want in order to continue the reinvigoration of ITV1. ITV
has strong and growing international production and distribution businesses and
I'm thrilled about having the opportunity to help develop them further.'
Michael Grade, Executive Chairman of ITV plc, said:
'Dawn's arrival significantly strengthens the senior management team. She is a
dynamic, creative business leader and I know that everyone in ITV will welcome
John Whiston, Director of ITV Productions, said:
'I'm delighted and enthusiastic about Dawn's arrival. It signals that ITV is
putting content right at the heart of what it does. It will require some serious
firepower to take Production to the next level both nationally and globally.
And they don't come much fierier than Dawn!'
For further enquiries please contact:
Tel: 020 7843 8000
Jim Godfrey - Director of Corporate Affairs
Hannah Bailey - Corporate Communications Manager
James Tibbitts - Company Secretary
Georgina Blackburn - Head of Investor Relations
Tel: 0207 353 4200
Notes to editors:
Dawn Airey began her broadcasting career as a management trainee for Central TV
in 1985. In 1989 she became Director of Programme Planning at Central and was
appointed to the Central broadcasting board. In 1993 she moved to the ITV
Network Centre as Controller of Children's and Daytime Programmes and in 1994
moved to Channel 4 to become Controller of Arts and Entertainment.
In 1996 she was appointed Director of Programmes for Channel Five and was
promoted to Chief Executive in 2000. In 2003 she was appointed Managing
Director Sky Networks and was responsible for all Sky wholly owned channels
(excluding sport). In 2006 she was made Managing Director Channels and Services
with responsibility for all third party channels, joint ventures and networked
Dawn Airey was born in Lancashire in 1960 and was educated at Kelly College and
Girton College, Cambridge.
ITV Productions is one of Europe's leading commercial production companies
producing more than 3,000 hours of original programming each year. It is
responsible for some of the most popular brands on UK television including
Coronation Street, Emmerdale, I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! and Dancing
On Ice. It also produces highly-rated work for other channels such as The
Street and The Royle Family for the BBC, Brainiac for Sky and Countdown and
Longford for Channel 4. ITV Productions also made the successful and critically
acclaimed feature film, The Queen.
ITV's also runs successful international production businesses in Australia,
Germany and the US.
Granada International and Granada Ventures
Granada International sells thousands of hours of programming from ITV
Productions, and many other independent producers, to more than 200 countries
worldwide. Granada Ventures is a major distributor of DVD entertainment in the
UK and exploits merchandising and licensing in the UK and worldwide from both
ITV Productions' bank of television programmes and other independent rights
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