Sophie Turner Laing

Source: NFTS

Sophie Turner Laing

Former chief executive of Endemol Shine and managing director of Sky, Sophie Turner Laing, has been appointed the first female chair of the UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) board of governors.

She succeeds Patrick McKenna, founder of UK financier Ingenious, who will step down in August, having held the post since 2013.

At Endemol Shine from 2014 to 2020, Turner Laing oversaw more than 120 creative production companies, and as managing director of content at Sky from 2007 to 2014 she led the increased investment in original British programming and spearheaded Sky’s sponsorship of Mama Youth Project to increase representation in front of and behind the camera.

She has previously served on the NFTS board and contributed to its masterclasses.

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