Josh Cole is joining BBC Studios Productions from Sky to be head of Comedy.

Cole will be responsible for leading the BBC Studios Comedy team and overseeing its current comedy slate across TV, radio and online, including This Country, Famalam and Inside No.9. He will also have responsibility for the development of new, returnable comedy shows.

Cole joins BBC Studios from Sky, where he has been commissioning editor since 2017, commissioning and executive producing a range of original scripted comedies for Sky One, Sky Atlantic and Sky Arts. His recent credits include this year’s Sally4Ever from Julia Davis for Sky Atlantic and HBO, Breeders starring Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard for Sky One and FX, The Trip To Greece starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and Two Weeks To Live with Maisie Williams.

Prior to joining Sky, Cole spent five years with Big Talk Productions, where he produced titles including Crashing, written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, for Channel 4 and Netflix, Timewasters for ITV2, Cockroaches starring Jack Whitehall for ITV2 and We The Jury for BBC Two. Previously he held roles at Roughcut TV and the BBC.

Josh Cole said: “I began my career at the BBC, and was lucky enough to sneak in and watch Armando Iannucci shooting The Thick Of It on my first day, so to be joining BBC Studios with their history of iconic shows is hugely exciting.”

BBC Studios Productions is the biggest producer of scripted comedy in the UK . Recent work includes the new global comedy drama series Good Omens for Amazon Prime, based on the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Derren Litten’s Scarborough, Mr Winner and Muzlamic.

Josh Cole will take up his new role later this year.

Staff Reporter

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