Freelance producer Rob Coldstream (pictured) has joined UK broadcaster Channel 4 in the role of history commissioner, following the exit of Julia Harrington.
A spokesperson for the broadcaster confirmed to realscreen that Coldstream joined the specialist factual team at the end of May and has taken over Harrington’s duties, adding that Coldstream will serve as history commissioner on an interim basis “at least until the end of the year.” At this point, the position may be opened to others before he secures the role permanently.
Harrington served as history commissioner for five years, and oversaw such docs as The Queen’s Hidden Cousin and Richard III: The King in the Car Park. She announced in April that she would be stepping down in order to spend more time with her family.
Prior to joining Channel 4, Coldstream worked as a freelance director and producer on shows such as The Rise and Fall of Tony Blair and Alan Davies’ Teenage Revolution (Channel 4) and Messiah at the Foundling Hospital (BBC2).
“Rob is one of the best producers of specialist factual programs we have ever seen,” said David Glover, head of specialist factual, in a statement shared with realscreen. “I am convinced he is going to be a really great commissioning editor, too.”