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Lee Connolly

Creative Director

Lee joined the Comedy Department of London Weekend Television in 1998 before moving on to Entertainment where he would spend the next 18 years. Early on, Lee worked across many of ITV’s flagship programmes as an Associate Producer and Producer including many of the Michael Barrymore and Cilla Black series and specials before helping to produce the original Saturday Night Takeaway with Ant and Dec.

As an Executive Producer and Creative Director, Lee became synonymous with large scale, shiny floor and event programming across music, comedy and entertainment including Bafta wins for The Sound of Music Live and Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday. With over 50 music and event specials to his name, celebrating artists such as Neil Diamond, Bette Midler, Michael Bublé, Take That, Robbie Williams, Kylie, Justin Bieber and many more, he also executive produced the Royal Variety Performance from 2009 to 2018, with hosts Peter Kay, Michael McIntyre, John Bishop, David Walliams, Jack Whitehall, Miranda Hart and Greg Davies. Lee successfully brought back Sunday Night at the London Palladium to ITV as well as Surprise, Surprise, both of which ran for four series.

Lee executive produced, for ITV, The Jonathon Ross Show from 2011 to 2019. He has worked in the US and Canada, as well as a co-producing a brand-new series with Talpa, shot in Holland for the UK. Having also created and delivered many entertainment series for various broadcasters including ITV and Sky, Lee finally left ITV Studios at the end of 2019 to set up Penny Lane Entertainment in early 2020.