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C4 ups Ralph Lee to deputy chief creative officer

Channel 4's head of factual Ralph Lee (pictured) is to take on the additional role of deputy chief creative officer at the UK broadcaster.
March 6, 2014

Channel 4′s head of factual Ralph Lee (pictured) is to take on the additional role of deputy chief creative officer at the UK broadcaster.

In the new role, Ralph will deputize for chief creative officer Jay Hunt on creative decision-making across all of the network’s channels and platforms, and will lead on the development of major program seasons.

He will also take responsibility for providing the strategic direction for shortform content for Channel 4′s new 4Shorts brand, working closely with head of online Richard Davidson Houston and his team, who will commission the content.

C4 has also changed its reporting lines for daytime commissioning. Commissioning editor David Sayer has been promoted to head of daytime and will report to head of features Gill Wilson, reflecting the close relationship between daytime and features talent and brands.

Head of formats Dominic Bird will continue to lead on primetime format commissioning for Channel 4 and will increase his focus around younger skewing programming – including E4 non-scripted commissions, and music and education commissioning.

Hunt said: “Ralph is an exceptional commissioner and creative leader, running a team that has delivered hits like Educating Yorkshire and Gogglebox. We have been talking for some months about a new role for him at 4 and I am excited he will be working with me as deputy chief creative officer.”

 

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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