Sky Bolsters Documentaries & Factual Team


Sky has appointed Tom Barry as commissioning editor for its documentaries and factual department.

Barry, who will start in the position in June, will support Poppy Dixon, director of documentaries and factual, in bringing premium, original features and multipart series to Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime and Sky Nature. He will be a part of the team responsible for such series as Liverpool Narcos, Bruno v Tyson, Shark with Steve Backshall, TINA, Murder in the Valleys and The Return: Life After ISIS.

Barry previously spent seven years at Raw, most recently as the director of programs for U.K. factual. He has executive produced such documentaries as Three Identical Strangers, Chris Packham: Asperger’s and Me, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, Eva Longoria: Searching for Mexico and Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism.

Dixon said: “Tom is a hugely respected executive producer in the industry, with a stellar track record. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tom in his role at Raw and have been impressed with his talent and the rich roster of titles he has overseen. I am delighted to be welcoming him to the factual commissioning team here at Sky.”

Tom Barry said: “I have enviously watched the projects Poppy and her team have commissioned in such a short time from afar, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join such a vibrant team at an exciting time for Sky’s factual slate.”