Senior digital content execs exit at Channel 4

Channel 4 multi-platform and online commissioners Adam Gee (left) and Jody Smith (right) are leaving the UK pubcaster, as it plans to restructure its digital team to "focus on enhancing the viewer experience."
May 24, 2016

Channel 4 multi-platform and online commissioners Adam GeeA (left) and Jody Smith (right) are leaving the UK pubcaster, as it plans to restructure its digital team to “focus on enhancing the viewer experience.”

Gee commissioned factual digital content for the pubcaster’s digital video department, All 4, while Smith was responsible for entertainment and comedy online commissioning.

A Channel 4 spokesperson confirmed the news to realscreen, saying: “We are currently changing the structure of the All 4 team as we focus on enhancing the viewer experience. We are focusing the editorial team on curating, acquiring and commissioning programs for All 4. We are closing the existing entertainment and factual multi-platform and online video roles.”
In a statement, Richard Davidson-Houston, head of All 4, said of the two execs: “They have both made massive contributions to Channel 4′s online success during their time here and I wish them the very best for the future.”

Gee, in a statement, said: “I have loved every minute at Channel 4 and couldn’t respect its values more. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to help establish Channel 4 as the world leader in TV-centred multi-platform; to set up and run the innovative and impactful IdeasFactory creative talent scheme when I first arrived; and most recently to get the Channel’s Short Form Originals offer up and running with a distinctly C4 voice.”

Regarding that short-form content initiative, Gee recently appeared at the Hot Docs conference and festival in Toronto to discuss the booming short doc scene.

For his part, Smith said: “”I’ve had a blast at Channel 4. It’s given me the opportunity to work on some massive projects with the UK’s best production talent from games developers and established indies making primetime shows to giving brand new producers their very first commission via All 4 Originals. I feel now’s the time to move on and try something new.”

More news on All 4′s revamped structure is expected soon, according to C4.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.