Adam MacDonald to chair Possessed

Possessed has hired former director of Sky 1 and Sky Living Adam MacDonald as its first chair.

MacDonald, who exited Sky in May last year, will work with founder Glenn Hugill to shape the strategic and creative future of the label. He called Hugill “one of the very best format developers and producers there is”.

The exec formerly ran Sky 1 and Sky Living for five years, commissioning A Discovery of Witches, A League of Their Own Road Trip and Karl Pilkington’s first scripted comedy Sick of It, as well as relaunching Sky Living as Sky Witness.

Prior to that, he worked at Channel 4, ITV, A&E and the BBC, as well as for Lion TV and IWC Media, commissioning and developing shows such as Come Dine With Me, Coach Trip, Deal or No Deal and Time Commanders.

Meanwhile, Lesley Davies, the former director of international production at Warner Bros, will join Possessed as head of production.

While at Warner Bros, Davies and her team facilitated the adaptation and production of scripted and non-scripted formats including First Dates, The Bachelor, Little Big Shots, Who Do You Think You Are?, Gossip Girl, ER and Pretty Little Liars.

Prior to this, she was acting deputy managing director of Optomen TV and was also head of production for Endemol UK.

Hugill said: “Adam and Lesley joining up, followed by confirmation of a double recommission of 5 Gold Rings, speaks volumes as to just how far this exceptional team can go.”