Foxtel today announced the appointment of Duane Hatherly to the role of Director of Production & Head of LifeStyle Channels and the promotion of Hannah Barnes to General Manager LifeStyle Channels.

Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said, “Duane and Hannah are two of Foxtel’s most outstanding executives and these appointments recognise the value of their commitments to our local production roster, and to consolidating LifeStyle as one of the company’s flagship brands.”

Hannah will lead and manage the LifeStyle Channels team and be responsible for creating and driving the success of all four brands – LifeStyle, LifeStyle YOU, LifeStyle FOOD and LifeStyle HOME.

“Hannah is one of Australia's most accomplished television programmers, having already made a formidable contribution to the success of LifeStyle,” Mr Walsh said. “I know entrusting her with this portfolio will ensure the channel brands will continue to be Australia's favourite television lifestyle destination.”

In his new elevated role, Duane will lead strategy for the LifeStyle brands and support Hannah to ensure the delivery of the creative vision for the group.

As Director of Production, Duane will manage the strategic direction, vision and creative output for all Foxtel Networks’ productions, in conjunction with senior stakeholders.

“Duane is one of the country's most well-rounded television executives, having worked in every creative division of the broadcast industry,” Mr Walsh said. “As the architect of all of Foxtel Networks’ productions, I know we can expect continued excellence with our local programming slate and coupled with his strategic role at LifeStyle, Duane assumes one of the most senior roles in the organisation.”