UKTV hires BBC’s Sarah Asante

BBC’s Commissioning Editor of Comedy Sarah Asante will join UKTV on April 12th 2021.

Asante will be in charge of its scripted comedy division and will report to UKTV head of scripted Pete Thornton.

In her new role she will be tasked with finding, developing, commissioning and executive producing new scripted comedy originals for channels Dave and Gold.

In her time at the BBC, Asante worked as development and digital content editor before being promoted to commissioning editor in 2018, where she handled editorial oversight for a slate of short-form series and long-form sketch and sitcom programs including FAMALAM and comedy pilot Behind the Filter.

This is a transformative hire for us” said Thornton in a release. “I know that UKTV is going to benefit hugely from Sarah’s experience and enthusiasm and I’m really looking forward to working with her on our burgeoning scripted slate. She joins the company at an exciting time and I’m sure she’ll quickly make her mark. As well as taking the reins on a number of returning series, Sarah will be integral in generating a portfolio of fresh content for the network.

Asante added: “Having admired both the comedy and comedy entertainment titles on Dave and Gold over the years, I’m beyond thrilled to play a role in seeing those channels go from strength to strength. The added commitment to amplifying more underrepresented voices in comedy matches my ambition to deliver exciting and distinctive content that audiences across the portfolio will love.”

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