Phil Edgar-Jones is responsible for driving the vision and strategy of the UK’s only dedicated arts channel, broadcasting 24 hours of content a day. He joined Sky as head of entertainment in 2012 and was appointed the director of Sky Arts in 2014, overseeing all entertainment series in production across Sky One, Sky Living, Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and Sky Cinema. He has commissioned a wealth of successful programmes for Sky Arts, including Portrait Artist of the Year, Brian Johnson’s Life on the Road, Tate Britain’s Great British Walks, Treasures of the British Library and The Glyndebourne Opera Cup, with his team looking after Sky One hits like A League of Their Own, The Russell Howard Hour, Revolution, Carnage and Loot.
Before Sky, Edgar-Jones worked as creative director of Running Bare, where he exec produced Very Important People with Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott, as well as a host of other projects with talent in the John Noel stable. Prior to that, Edgar-Jones was creative director of Remarkable Pictures (part of Endemol UK) where he oversaw Big Brother during its Chanel 4 years and a number of entertainment projects including the first constructed reality show in the UK, The Salon, plus Space Cadets, Shattered and Seven Days on the Breadline.
Edgar-Jones’ credits also include Ginger TV (exec producing The Priory); Absolutely (exec producing The Jack Docherty Show and working alongside writers such as Mitchell and Webb, Armstrong and Bain, Cecil and Riley), as well as working on The Big Breakfast, The Word and The Sunday Show (where he first met Stuart Murphy). One of his first jobs was as a writer for a Sky One show called Barry’s Joy Pad featuring a then unknown performer called David Walliams.