C4 appoints head of specialist factual

Channel 4 has promoted arts commissioner John Hay (pictured) to head of specialist factual, replacing David Glover, who left the UK pubcaster in March to launch an indie prodco.
May 25, 2016

Channel 4 has promoted John Hay (pictured) to head of specialist factual.

Hay replaces David Glover, who left the UK pubcaster in March to launch an indie prodco with former Dragonfly MD Mark Raphael. In Hay’s new role, he will report to deputy chief creative officer and head of factual Ralph Lee.

Hay was named as C4 commissioner for arts in November 2013, and oversaw such programs as Grayson Perry: Who Are You? and Grayson’s Dream House. He also commissioned Grayson Perry: All Man. His specialist factual commissions include SAS: Who Dares Wins and Walking the Himalayas.

Hay first joined Channel 4 in August 2012. He oversaw Richard III: King in the Car Park and then commissioned Richard III: The Reburial of the King. Other commissioning credits include the real-time, multi-platform event D-Day: As It Happens, Flying to the Ends of the Earth with Arthur Williams and Walking The Nile. He also revived the ‘Secret History’ strand.

The commissioning head began his career at the BBC, and spent nearly 13 years at the pubcaster as a program-maker. His credits there include helping to launch Newsnight Review and The Culture Show and series producing BBC4′s Art of Russia. He later served as factual commissioner for Channel 5.

Elsewhere, C4 has also promoted Sarah Lazenby to the post of commissioning editor for entertainment.

The former CPL executive producer first joined the pubcaster last June, serving as entertainment editor. Her promotion comes as the fact ent and entertainment teams continue to take shape under Liam Humphreys, head of entertainment.

Lazenby will work under head of comedy entertainment Ben Caudell and alongside commissioning editor for entertainment Syeda Irtizaali.

Since joining Channel 4, Lazenby has overseen such series as Sex Box, Noel Fielding’s Only In Japan, Derren Brown’s Pushed To The Edge, Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Chatty Man and 15 to 1.

At CPL, Lazenby exec produced the Game of Thrones live entertainment chat show Thronecast for Sky Atlantic. Prior to that, at Talkback, she developed and series produced Keith Lemon’s LemonAid (ITV) and Staying In With Greg & Russell (BBC3) and helped to develop the return of Through the Keyhole (ITV).

Her previous series producer credits include Gordon Ramsay’s F Word (Optomen/Channel 4) and Jamie’s Christmas Lock in (Fresh One/Channel 4).

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