Channel 4 creates new exec, indie advocate roles

Raise the Roof's Deborah Dunnett has joined the broadcaster as nations and regions executive, while division manager Ian Mackenzie's role has expanded to include the title of indie advocate.
September 15, 2016

Channel 4 has galvanized its nations and regions team with a newly created executive position and the expansion of the role of it stations and regions manager.

Deborah Dunnett (pictured) from Scottish indie factual prodco Raise the Roof, one of C4′s biggest regional suppliers, has been appointed by the broadcaster to the position of nations and regions executive. Dunnett, who will report to nations and regions manager Ian Mackenzie (pictured), will be responsible for loose collaboration with a number of genre commissioners and offering greater creative support to the development of regional production companies UK-wide. The role is a part of a strategic arm of Channel 4 Commissioning, and focused on development funding, company support and delivery of the broadcaster’s regional production targets.

Dunnett will take up the role in December and be based out of Channel 4′s Glasgow office. While at Raise the Roof, Dunnett served as executive producer on a number of factual series, including Kristie’s Handmade Christmas and Phil Spencer Secret Agent for C4, and Holiday of My Lifetime for BBC.

Meanwhile, Mackenzie’s role as nations and regions manager has been expanded to to include on-going engagement with indie prodcos across Britain as C4′s indie advocate. He is tasked with strengthening the company’s ongoing supplier relations throughout the UK.




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