UK pubcaster Channel 4 has appointed Shine TV’s Charlotte Desai to the role of documentary commissioning editor.
Desai will report to Nick Mirsky, head of documentaries, when she joins C4 later this month. Working closely with Mirsky, Desai will be tasked with finding new ideas for the 9 p.m. slot, which will include both multipart formats and documentaries that have the potential to become returnable strands.
She will also look for more focused series and films which capture the concerns and preoccupations of contemporary Britain.
Desai will also look for fresh ideas for the 10 p.m. time slot, especially those with the potential to develop in the same way as the department’s successful First Dates series.
Desai joins C4 from Shine TV, where she was charged with creating new business and winning commissions from broadcasters across a range of genres, including documentary and factual.
She previously worked at BBC Factual, where her credits include the BAFTA-winning Trouble at the Top and films in the ‘Wonderland’ strand. She was also responsible for creating and delivering the acclaimed When Michael Portillo Became a Single Mum.
After the BBC, Desai worked across a range of projects including the BAFTA-winning The Apprentice and The Choir. She worked in commissioning at Sky Factual before returning to production, spending time in both development and executive producing roles. Her most recent C4 credits include The Auction House and Quadruplets and Homeless.
Last month, Channel 4′s chief creative officer, Jay Hunt announced that she would be leaving the UK broadcaster after almost seven years. She will be stepping down from her role in September. The move comes on the heels of David Abraham, C4′s chief executive, announced plans to depart at the end of the year.