sky logoSky veteran Gary Davey has been given an expanded role as Managing Director, Content. With the new oversight, the EVP of Programming at Sky Deutschland replaces longtime Sky executive Sophie Turner Laing who left the company earlier this year to become CEO of the newly-formed Endemol Shine Group. Davey will add responsibility for Sky’s entertainment, movies and news channels in the UK and Ireland to his existing responsibilities at Sky Deutschland, splitting time between London and Munich.

The exec has spent several decades in the international pay-TV business, with previous senior roles at Sky Italia, and as Managing Director of Sky in the UK during its nascent years in the early 90s.

In November, Sky completed its acquisition of Sky Italia and majority interest in Sky Deutschland to create a European TV giant in a deal worth nearly $11B.

Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s Group Chief Executive, said today, “Gary is one of the most capable executives in pay-TV and I am delighted to welcome him back to Sky in the UK. As we become a more international business, Gary’s broad experience across many markets gives him a unique perspective that he can now apply to the continued growth of our content business in the UK and Ireland as well as Germany and Austria.”