Ireland's RTE gets a new head of comedy | Shane Murphy moves from London's Acron Media

Ireland's RTE gets a new head of comedy

Shane Murphy moves from London's Acron Media

Irish broadcaster RTÉ has appointed Shane Murphy as its group head of drama and comedy.

The Dublin native has a 25-year production career and has been managing director of London-based Acorn Media Enterprises since 2015.

There he has lead the commissioning, development and co-production of several major dramas in partnership  including ‘Agatha Raisin, with Ashley Jensen, Katy Wix and  Matthew Horne, and the forthcoming Benny Hill biopic.

In his new job he will be responsible for developing and delivering drama and scripted comedy across RTÉ's platforms with a particular focus on growing youth audiences and the development of new Irish talent.

RTÉ director of content, Jim Jennings said: ‘Shane brings a wealth of knowledge of all aspects of production along with extensive international experience which will enable RTÉ to build on its success in drama and comedy and to develop and nurture Irish creative talent".

Murphy added: ‘While I’m genuinely sad to be leaving the uniquely creative and dynamic Acorn Media, I could not turn down the opportunity to work across scripted shows in my native public service broadcaster. I’m very much looking forward to taking on this exciting new role.’

 He starts his new job in August.    

Published: 11 Jun 2018

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