Tuesday 1st May 2012 – ITV Studios UK is delighted to announce that award-winning programme-maker, Shu Greene, currently Head of Television at Syco TV and producer and creator of some of the biggest shows on UK and US television, is joining ITV Studios UK in the newly-created role of Director of Entertainment, ITVS.

Returning to her original TV home, Shu will lead the entertainment team to create and deliver great entertainment programming for both ITV and non-ITV channels, spearheading ITV Studios’ ambition to be the home for the best talent both on-screen, in development and production.

Shu will report to Denise O’Donoghue and Kevin Lygo.

Denise O’Donoghue, Managing Director, ITV Studios UK, said: “You can’t turn a creative business around without being able to attract and retain the best talent. Shu is an inspiring person and she will be an inspiring leader – she has immense talent, experience and charisma and will be a magnet for the best creatives at every stage in production.

“Great shows are about origination and delivery and she is an expert in both. Her relationships with many of the biggest names on screen speak to her standing in the business and the respect for which she is renowned. I am incredibly excited at the prospect of working with Shu whom I know relishes the challenge of delivering the new generation of big entertainment shows.”

Kevin Lygo, Managing Director, ITV Studios said: “Shu has been at the heart of making the X Factor and the Got Talent franchises the global success they are today. The creation of brand new entertainment formats for UK and international audiences is a crucial part of our strategy; Shu’s creative and production expertise will be an enormous asset for ITV Studios as we move into the next phase of the Transformation Plan.”

Shu commented: “After almost a decade working alongside Simon Cowell, the most amazing producer and on-screen talent I have ever met, I felt this was the right moment to step into my own light. I intend to put my heart and soul into putting ITV Studios back where it belongs – at the very heart of Saturday night entertainment, and in doing so am determined we will create the next generation of ground breaking shows. Watch this space.”

Shu Greene is a multi-award winning programme maker who, over the last twenty years, has created and produced some of the biggest entertainment shows on British and American television. Shu joined Syco TV at its inception in 2004 working closely with Simon Cowell in the creation, commission and execution of all of Syco’s content including The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

Shu has been the Executive Producer of The X Factor in the UK for the last eight series; the show has gone on to win six British Academy Awards and seven National Television Awards. In September 2011 Shu was the Executive Producer of the X Factor USA overseeing the show’s high-profile launch on the Fox Network. At the same time, she oversaw the debut of Red or Black? (a co-production with ITV Studios).

Prior to setting up Syco TV, Shu was Head of Development for ITV Productions running a large team with responsibility for creating new, returnable and bankable formats. In that role, she co-created and launched the acclaimed Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway which won three National Television Awards and a Golden Rose. She also created Celebrities Under Pressure and Fight School for Sky One.