Sky Studios announced that Jane Millichip is stepping down from her position as Chief Content Officer after nine years in the role to “seek new challenges”. Under her leadership, Sky Vision, Sky’s former production and distribution arm, grew from £8 million revenues to £250 million in six years, and spearheaded Sky’s investment into independent production companies and content distribution.
Since the formation of Sky Studios, Millichip expanded her initial commercial remit to include leading the company’s editorial activities across the UK, Germany and Italy with the teams continuing to deliver stand-out Sky Originals, all while managing the ongoing challenges of Covid throughout production. In addition to this, the executive has been a strong champion and key architect of Sky’s push into sustainable production across all its Sky Originals, as well as its continued drive to attract and elevate diverse talent.
The departure of Jane Millichip forced a reorganization at the company that will see Caroline Cooper expanding her remit as Chief Operating Officer at Sky Studios to encompass the company’s broader commercial activities as well as its production operations, plus Sky Studios Elstree. With immediate effect, Sky Studios Business Affairs, led by Julian Dexter; the group’s International Scripted team, led by Jason Simms; Content Operations, led by Bee Devine; and the Director of Corporate Development, Rob Siegel, will all report to Cooper, who also retains overall responsibility for Sky Studios Elstree.
“I would like to thank Jane for everything she has contributed to Sky and the support she has provided me in my first few months at Sky Studios. I am pleased that she will remain with the business until the end of April and we look forward to a proper in-person send-off then,” commented Cécile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of Sky Studios, in an internal memo to staff.