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ITV drama heads behind Downton Abbey quit to set up production outfit

22 January 2013 8:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

ITV director of drama Laura Mackie and controller of drama commissioning Sally Haynes will leave at end of June

The ITV drama executives responsible for Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge and Appropriate Adult are to leave the broadcaster to set up their own production company.

Laura Mackie, ITV's director of drama, and controller of drama commissioning Sally Haynes will leave at the end of June.

The pair have overseen a drama renaissance at ITV, along with its director of television Peter Fincham, off the back of a £30m boost to drama funding.

ITV's head of drama serials Steve November will take over as acting director of drama until a permanent replacement is appointed. Mackie and Haynes will see through projects they have already commissioned.

Mackie, who joined ITV from the BBC in 2006, said: "Sally and I have loved our seven years at ITV and are incredibly proud of the dramas that we've commissioned with Peter. »

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