Back in October 2018, Channel 4 announced Bristol as one of its two new Creative Hubs across the country.
The biggest structural change in the organisation’s history saw Glasgow named as the other Creative Hub and Leeds as the new National HQ.
The idea behind establishing a Creative Hub in Bristol is to make it a base for key creative decisions, with a particular focus on supporting genres strongly represented in the South West, Wales and Midlands.
And things are getting underway following from this big shakeup. Channel 4 has now announced several key senior appointments who will be based at its new Nations and Regions offices.
4 All The UK
These appointments come as part of its 4 All The UK strategy and include senior commissioning roles based at Channel 4’s National HQ in Leeds and its new Creative Hubs in Bristol and Glasgow.
This means the founder of Bristol-based Marble Films and former BBC Documentaries Executive, Sacha Mirzoeff, will become Factual Commissioning Editor and Head of Hub at Bristol. His projects include Drugsland, KoKo The Human Gorilla, Wastemen and Protecting Our Foster Children.
Gwawr Martha Lloyd, whose projects include Keeping Faith, Bang, Hinterland and Hidden, will become Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor, Scripted in Bristol. She is currently drama commissioner at S4C and previously a producer at the BBC.
Channel 4’s Director of Programme Ian Katz is looking forward to seeing what the future holds for the organisation. He says, “It’s incredibly exciting to see our 4 All The UK strategy begin to take shape and I’m so pleased with the calibre and range of different talents we’ve appointed in our first wave of N&R hires.
“The latest appointments… give a real sense of the creative firepower we will have in Leeds and across our Creative Hubs and how the move will change the face of the channel.”
The ambition behind the 4 All The UK strategy is to attract and develop talent from across the UK, both on and off-screen. It is also to support the significant increase in the organisation’s Nations & Regions spend on creative content – from 35% to 50% of main channel UK commissions by 2023, worth up to £250m more in total.
As well as the senior commissioning editor roles announced, Izzy Francke will join the Channel 4 Bristol team as a Creative Diversity Executive, and there are lots more roles waiting to be filled across the board!