Saskia Schuster, the current Controller for Comedy at ITV, is to join production company Fulwell 73 as its Head of Scripted.

 

Starting on the 4th May 2020, Schuster will oversee Fulwell 73’s move into the scripted space by launching a new scripted department in the UK.

 

Schuster is known for her experience commissioning comedy dramas, scripted comedy, sketch shows and comedy entertainment formats. Her high-profile commissions for ITV included Benidorm, Birds of a Feather, Celebrity Juice and Plebs.

 

Schuster is also the founder of Comedy 50:50, which is an initiative aimed at addressing gender imbalance in comedy by implementing practical measures to achieve equal representation in writing rooms and production teams for women.  

 

Saskia Schuster said: “Fulwell 73 is synonymous with creating world class comedy and entertainment programming working with the best talent. Off the back of international successes such as Gavin and Stacey and Roast Battle, I’m really excited to be joining to expand Fulwell’s scripted output. As anyone who knows me already knows, I’m passionate about addressing gender imbalance in comedy and I am really pleased that at Fulwell this is very much part of their remit. It’s great that when I join Fulwell in May I’ll be able to continue my work with Comedy 50:50, with support from my new colleagues and the wider industry.”

 

Fulwell 73 partner Leo Pearlman said: “Saskia is one of the best comedy executives in the business and the perfect cultural fit for Fulwell. She has an enviable track record of having commissioned some of the UK’s best loved shows during her time at ITV and Sky. We’re really pleased to welcome her to the Fulwell family as we continue to expand our scripted programming and cannot wait to work with her on a slate of original, innovative and noisy content.”

 

 

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