Former Objective Productions exec Ben Caudell (pictured) is boarding UK pubcaster Channel 4 as its head of entertainment.
The news comes almost a month after Channel 4 merged its entertainment and factual entertainment teams, with Liam Humphreys overseeing the combined division.
Caudell joined Objective Productions as head of comedy in November 2014, and was responsible for exec producing scripted comedy programs such as Toast of London and Peep Show, as well as leading the comedy development team and identifying talent.
Prior to his work with the indie, Caudell was creative director at the prodco Zeppotron, which he co-founded in 2000. The indie’s credits during his time there include Black Mirror, Channel 4′s Alternative Election Night, You Have Been Watching and The Law of the Playground.
At C4, Syeda Irtizaali will stay on as commissioning editor for entertainment, reporting to Caudell. Meanwhile, Madeleine Knight – a commissioner in entertainment – is stepping down from the position after five years commissioning such programs as 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown, Fifteen To One and the forthcoming Time Crashers.
An editor will be appointed to the entertainment team.
Further, as part of the restructure, Tom Beck - who currently serves as a commissioning editor in entertainment – has been appointed to the newly created role of commissioning editor for live and events. Beck is to report to Ed Havard, head of sport and TV events.
“Ben’s appointment heralds a new era of entertainment at C4,” said Jay Hunt, chief creative officer for the pubcaster, in a statement. “He’s a wonderfully eclectic creative and couldn’t feel a better fit with the channel. In live events, Tom will champion the sort of big set piece events the channel has started to own.”