Ghanaian-British comedy commissioner, Sarah Asante has been hired by UKTV as a commissioning editor.
She will be responsible for seeking out, developing, commissioning and executive producing brand-new scripted comedy shows for the BBC Studios-owned British multi-channel broadcaster.
Asante will join the company on April 12, and will report to Pete Thornton, Head of Scripted. She recently worked with BBC, and has more than 16 years experience.
“This is a transformative hire for us. 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,” says Thorton.
“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. So with all that in mind, I can’t wait for her to join the team.”
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.”
Asante joined the BBC in 2015 as a Development and Digital Content Editor.
She was promoted in 2018 to Commissioning Editor where she managed editorial oversight for short form series and long form sketch and sitcom programs.
Her commissioned shows include hit sketch show FAMALAM.
Prior to the BBC, Asante spent 10 years working with Fox International Channels, ITV and Channel 4.