Magazine article Screen International

Anne Mensah Joins Netflix as UK-Based Vice-President of Content

Magazine article Screen International

Anne Mensah Joins Netflix as UK-Based Vice-President of Content

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Departing Sky drama chief takes senior scripted role at SVOD giant.

Anne Mensah

Sky drama chief Anne Mensah is leaving the broadcaster to head UK scripted productions at Netflix.

As vice-president, content, Mensah will become the SVOD platform’s point-person in the UK for high-profile scripted series, reporting to vice president of original content, Cindy Holland.

Mensah’s appointment ends a lengthy period of speculation about the role.

It is thought Netflix first approached Mensah earlier in the year and that her passion for her role at Sky meant she required some convincing to make the move.

“Throughout her career, Anne has celebrated creative freedom, with deep passion for finding and nurturing storytelling you can’t find anywhere else,” said Holland.

“The UK has some of the best television in the world and our members love it, both in the UK and around the globe. I’m delighted that Anne is joining our team to lead our continued commitment to and investment in UK talent and programming.”

Netflix has demonstrated increasing appetite to work with the UK’s best-in-class drama producers and Mensah represents arguably its most important hire so far. She follows senior British talent including Kate Townsend and Lucy Leveugle to the US business.

The streaming service opened a UK office in April when it sent Los Angeles-based Diego Buñuel to head up its factual output. …

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