C4′s Mark Raphael named Dragonfly creative director

Channel 4's commissioning editor of documentaries Mark Raphael is moving into the creative director role vacated by Simon Dickson's promotion at UK indie Dragonfly, beginning in May.
March 20, 2013

Channel 4′s commissioning editor of documentaries Mark Raphael is moving into the creative director role vacated by Simon Dickson’s promotion at UK indie Dragonfly, beginning in May.

The London-based prodco recently saw a number of exec moves, with Lucinda Hicks stepping in as chief operating officer in January, and former creative director Simon Dickson taking on the role of managing director, after Sanjay Singhal departed last November.

Raphael will work with Dragonfly’s editorial team on both current and in-development productions. In his four years at Channel 4, Raphael’s commissions included Katie: My Beautiful Face, Lifers, Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder, Educating Essex, and the upcoming The Murder Trial. Prior to joining C4, Raphael was head of factual at North One Television.

“Mark is a hugely creative and supportive commissioner who has a brilliant eye for a story and a passion for it being told well,” said Dickson. “He was a much valued colleague when we worked at Channel 4 together previously and I know he will both complement and help us grow as a team at Dragonfly.”

Channel 4 head of factual Ralph Lee wished Raphael well in his new role and his return to the indie sector.

“I have loved my time at C4, but now feel ready for a new challenge,” added Raphael. “The Dragonfly team is at the start of a new chapter and the opportunity to be part of that story, and create a home for the very best talent within the factual world, is genuinely exciting.”

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.