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Channel 4 hires from The Garden, Channel 5

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has made a series of commissioning editor hires, including the appointment of The Garden's Amy Flanagan (pictured) to the post of documentary commissioning editor.
June 14, 2013

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has made a series of commissioning editor hires, including the appointment of The Garden Productions’ Amy Flanagan (pictured) to the post of documentary commissioning editor.

Formerly an executive producer on The Garden Productions’ series and projects, including 24 Hours in A & E, Flanagan’s hire has been called an “important appointment for us,” by deputy head of factual Nick Mirsky.

“Amy is an outstanding talent in documentary production – she’ll bring her unique program making intelligence and experience to the channel and our factual output,” he added in a statement.

Flanagan spent three years at The Garden, and prior to that, was a producer at Blast!

In addition, Channel 4 has hired Alex Menzies and Ian Dunkley to become commissioning editors in the features and the factual entertainment divisions.

Dunkley will work under Liam Humphreys, head of factual entertainment, and alongside Tina Flintoff, Rich Evans and Lucy Leveugle.

Previously he was a commissioning editor at Channel 5 in the UK, where he oversaw shows such as The Hotel Inspector and Cowboy Builders.

“Ian is one of the most talented executives working in the industry and I’m delighted he’s joining the team,” said Humphreys. “His energy, enthusiasm and joie de vivre will help us go from strength to strength.”

Menzies is joining the Channel 4 features department as commissioning editor, and Nick Hornby has been appointed features commissioning editor permanently. They will work alongside the other features commissioning editor Kate Teckman, with all reporting directly to Gill Wilson, head of features.

Menzies has held a number of senior commissioning positions at both the BBC and Channel 5, and was the deputy controller of features and entertainment at Five.

In other C4 news, Katie Boyd, whose commissioning slate included Superscrimpers, Double Your House for Half the Money and All Back To School, is leaving the pubcaster to “take a career break,” according to the pubcaster.

About The Author
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 HMV.com. 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.

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