Channel 4 doc head joins Grierson Trust board

The UK-based Grierson Trust has named Amy Flanagan (pictured), Channel 4's deputy head of documentaries, to its board of trustees following the departure of Emma Cooper, Pulse's creative director of non-scripted television.
February 16, 2016

The UK-based Grierson Trust has named Amy Flanagan (pictured), Channel 4′s deputy head of documentaries, to its board of trustees following the departure of Emma Cooper, creative director of non-scripted television for Pulse Films.

The newly appointed Flanagan will join fellow trustees Grant Thornton’s Liz Brion; Coutts and Co.’s Judith Chan; ITV’s Jo Clinton-Davis; Renegade Pictures’ Alex Cooke; The British Council’s Briony Hanson; Firecracker Films’ David DeHaney; Century Films’ Liesel Evans; City Screen’s Chris Harris; Minnow Films’ Morgan Matthews; the BBC’s Tom McDonald; Voltage TV’s Sanjay Singhal; and Dogwoof’s Andy Whittaker.

Flanagan, who currently runs the ‘Cutting Edge Directors Scheme’ at C4, has commissioned a raft of television documentaries for the UK pubcaster, including The Murder Detectives, 24 Hours in Police Custody, The Romanians Are Coming and My Son the Jihadi.

Prior to commissioning, the C4 executive also worked on a raft of award-winning factual series including Bedlam Feltham Sings and season one of 24 Hours in A&E.

The Grierson Trust, which was established in memory of pioneering Scottish filmmaker John Grierson in 1972, seeks to promote documentary film and television production through screenings, workshops, training and mentoring schemes.

The Trust recognizes leading documentarians through the annual British Documentary Awards held each November.

“We will benefit enormously from [Flanagan's] experience, insight and passion for the documentary genre as well as her expertise in developing and nurturing young directors as we continue to expand our annual DocLab education program and ongoing mentoring work,” said board chair Lorraine Heggessey in a statement.

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