British pubcaster Channel 4 has signed a two-year exclusive deal with Hilary Devey, one of the ‘dragons’ on BBC2′s Dragon’s Den.
The 55-year-old millionaire entrepreneur will star in one more season of the series before moving to Channel 4 to star in her own show, The Intern. She joined Dragon’s Den in February, 2011 to replace businessman James Caan. BBC reportedly could not compete with Channel 4′s salary offer.
On The Intern, Devey will give job contenders the chance to win an internship with some of the United Kingdom’s top employers. Candidates will be “thrown in the deep end” and complete a series of challenges to test their suitability for the job on offer. The series will be produced by Boundless and was commissioned by Channel 4 head of factual entertainment Liam Hymphreys. It will begin airing this fall.
“I am thrilled and excited by the prospect of working with Channel 4,” Devey said in a statement. “The formats for my new shows are fantastic and I’m sure they will prove compulsive viewing.”
“Hilary is not only an exceptional businesswoman but an unforgettable TV presenter,” added Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt. “I am thrilled she is joining Channel 4.”