Sophie Turner Laing’s Executive Legacy Solidified With Emmy Gold

Variety | 11/16/2018 | Stewart Clarke
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When the intl. Academy hands Sophie Turner Laing its 2018 Directorate Award in November, it will recognize an executive who has worked her way up from the ground floor to become one of the most important figures in global TV.

She has been focused on the potential sale of Endemol Shine, but with 21st Century Fox and Apollo deciding to hold onto their asset, she will double down on the day-to-day business of running one of the world’s largest international content companies — one that counts “MasterChef” and “Black Mirror” among its hit shows.

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As with many high-flying U.K.-based executives, Turner Laing served a stint at the BBC, but her first job in TV was in the late 1980s, working for Jim Henson. “When one has the opportunity to go and work for Kermit the Frog that sounds like more fun than going to work for anyone else,” she says.

When Henson went to Disney, Turner Laing peeled off and became one of the founders of Hit Entertainment with Peter Orton. She admits to some heart-in-mouth moments as Hit evolved from startup to the...
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