Zai was appointed as Managing Director of Content, Sky UK and Ireland, in June 2019, where he is responsible for Sky’s portfolio of entertainment, cinema and kids’ services.
This includes Sky’s leading entertainment brands, Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Sky Witness and Sky Comedy; the recently launched factual services Sky Crime, Sky Nature and Sky Documentaries; alongside Sky Arts, the UK’s only channel dedicated to arts and culture. Zai is also responsible for Sky’s world leading home film service, Sky Cinema and Sky’s own children’s programming in Sky Kids, as well as Sky’s free to air portfolio.
Alongside the commissioning team he is responsible for Sky’s award winning slate of original programming such as Chernobyl, Patrick Melrose, Sally 4 Ever and A League of Their Own, as well as recent hits like Gangs of London, Bulletproof, Discovery of Witches, Save Me, In The Long Run, Breeders, and Brassic. His remit also includes overseeing Sky’s leading slate of US content, including Westworld, Succession, Billions, and Manifest.
Prior to his current role he was Director of Programmes and previously Director of Sky Atlantic. Before joining Sky, Zai was Controller of BBC Three for three years, joining after 12 years at ITV where he was Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions and Controller of ITV 2.