Channel 4 deputy head of features Andrew Jackson is leaving to join independent Glasgow-based production company Raise the Roof, the network has confirmed.
In his new role, Jackson oversee development and production as creative director alongside Sarah Walmsley.
“After six truly fabulous years at Channel 4 it’s really exciting to be heading back to Glasgow for a new adventure,” he said in a statement. “Commissioning is such an honor and I’ve worked with some amazing talent but I have missed the cut and thrust of life in production and can’t wait to get my hands dirty again.”
“We have big ambitions and we hope having Andrew on board will help us build an even stronger company,” added managing director Jane Muirhead.
Jackson joined Channel 4 in 2006 as editor, features. He was appointed deputy head of features in 2010 and led the broadcaster’s team of lifestyle commissioners. The team’s recent factual commissions included Hugh’s Fish Fight, Lily Allen: From Riches to Rags, Beeney’s Restoration Nightmare, The Sex Education Show and Help! My House is Falling Down. He also helped develop programs such as Embarrassing Bodies, Location Location Location, Gok’s Clothes Roadshow and Supersize vs Superskinny.
Prior to his time at Channel 4, Jackson worked at IWC Media in Glasgow as a director, series director and series producer. He’s also worked at BBC and Granada TV in Manchester and directed series for the U.S. Discovery Travel Channel and TLC.
Raise the Roof was founded two years ago by Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer along with production partners Muirhead and Walmsley. It has produced the network series’ Phil Spencer: Secret Agent, Kirstie’s Handmade Britain and Vacation Vacation Vacation and is in production on the programs Secret Agent and Kirstie’s Vintage Home.
The network has yet to announce Jackson’s replacement.