Sarah Asante joined UKTV as commissioning editor in 2021 to drive the multi-channel broadcaster’s scripted comedy ambitions. She is responsible for developing, commissioning and executive producing new scripted comedy for both Dave and Gold.
Sarah joined UKTV from the BBC, where she worked for more than 16 years in commissioning. In 2015, she joined the corporation’s comedy team as a development and digital content editor and three years later was promoted to commissioning editor, overseeing short-form series and long-form sketch and sitcom ideas for BBC Two and Three. Before the BBC, she spent more than a decade working in factual and entertainment commissioning teams at Fox International, Scripps Networks, ITV and Channel 4.
For UKTV, Sarah’s recent commissions include Sneakerhead (2022), by Rough Cut Television, and Newark, Newark (2022) by Balloon Entertainment. Previous commissions include Fully Blown (2019), Behind the Filter (2020), BBC Laugh Lessons (2021) and the BAFTA-winning Famalam (2018-, which won Breakthrough Talent, for Akemnji Ndifornyen) and Dreaming Whilst Black (2021, which won Emerging Talent: Fiction, for Adjani Salmon).