Channel 4′s (C4) deputy head of documentaries Simon Dickson (pictured) is quitting the UK broadcaster to join Shine Group-owned indie Dragonfly Productions as creative director, starting this summer.
Dickson joined C4 in 2002 as editor for science and education after a decade at the BBC, and during his tenure played an important part in many of the network’s most successful commissions.
While with C4, the network’s documentaries department produced The Family, One Born Every Minute, Coppers, The Force, The Hotel and The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off. The latter won an international Emmy for best documentary.
C4′s head of documentaries Hamish Mykura said: “Simon has been an excellent commissioning editor and a great colleague and all of us at Channel 4 wish him well in his new career in the production sector.”
Dickson added: “I loved every minute of my time at Channel 4. It is an extraordinary place, I will miss it very much but at the same time, I can’t wait to get started with Dragonfly.”
Dragonfly and Dickson have existing links, with Dickson having exec produced the indie’s fixed-rig documentaries The Family and One Born Every Minute for C4. In his new role, Dickson will report to MD Sanjay Singhal, who said: “Simon has a brilliant track record in commissioning shows that are talked-about, critically respected, and rate well.
“His knack of spotting compelling stories and subjects along with the inherent feel he has for our key shows makes him a fantastic addition to the team at this point in Dragonfly’s growth.”
Dickson is expected to start the new role in either May or June.