ITV has announced Nana Hughes as its newly appointed Head of Scripted Comedy.

Reporting into Head of Drama, Polly Hill, Hughes will be responsible for driving and developing scripted comedy content and will also support developing scripted comedy drama content.

Hughes is a BAFTA and RTS winning comedy exec and founder of indie, Saturday’s Child. Prior to that, she was Head of Comedy at Talkback and Head of Development at Retort, where she was Executive Producer on the award winning Chewing Gum. She also previously held the post  of Deputy Commissioning Editor for Comedy and Entertainment at Channel 4.

ITV’s Director of Television, Kevin Lygo, said: “I’m delighted that Nana is joining us to head up the comedy across our channels. She will be a wonderful addition to the commissioning team, developing new ideas for the main channel and ITV2, as well as bringing a fresh outlook to upcoming shows such as Spitting Image, and series two of our new hit sitcom, Kate & Koji.”

Nana Hughes said: “I am really excited to be joining ITV, at a time when everybody is in need of a good laugh! Can’t wait to join Kevin, Polly and the rest of the ITV team.”

Polly Hill said: “I’m really delighted that the Comedy and Drama departments are coming together and I look forward to working with Nana, who I’ve wanted to work with for a while. She is going to be a brilliant addition to the ITV commissioning team and will bring an exciting new vision for comedy and drama, and I look forward to seeing the shows she is going to champion on ITV.”

Jon Creamer

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