Sheffield Doc/Fest has named Discovery Networks International (DNI) exec Elizabeth McIntyre (pictured) as CEO and festival director.
The exec – who takes on the role almost four months after Heather Croall stepped down - will begin the position in September. McIntyre previously served as VP of production and development at DNI, where she was in charge of commissioning factual content as well as heading up factual commissions for Discovery UK and Quest.
McIntyre – a member of the advisory committee for Sheffield Doc/Fest – has long been involved with the UK festival, previously chairing the University of Sheffield’s ‘Meet the Academics’ session, participating in its MeetMarket and exec producing the annual commissioner panels.
The exec’s other duties include serving on the editorial committee for the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, and chairing the documentary category of the One World Media Awards for 2015.
“[Liz] impressed us with her clear-eyed vision for the festival’s future and this together with her professionalism and wealth of experience as a commissioning editor at Discovery gives me huge confidence in her ability to lead Doc/Fest to even greater heights,” said Alex Graham, chair of Sheffield Doc/Fest, in a statement.
McIntyre added: “As a passionate supporter of Sheffield Doc/Fest for many years, I’m delighted to take up the position of CEO and festival director and lead the festival as it embarks on its exciting next chapter.
“I look forward to drawing on my program maker, broadcaster and training roots to welcome both emerging and established creative talents and global industry decision makers to a vibrant, engaging and dynamic Doc/Fest 2016,” she added.
Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015 runs from June 5 to 10. The festival line-up is to be announced on May 7.