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The Garden taps C4′s John Hay as creative lead

UK prodco The Garden has tapped Channel 4′s head of specialist factual, John Hay, to the newly-created role of chief creative officer. In his new position, Hay (pictured) will help shape the ITV ...
September 6, 2017

UK prodco The Garden has tapped Channel 4′s head of specialist factual, John Hay, to the newly-created role of chief creative officer.

In his new position, Hay (pictured) will help shape the ITV Studios-backed indie’s creative output, working alongside CEO Magnus Temple and MD and COO Scarlett Ewens.

Hay’s commissions during his time with C4 include SAS: Who Dares Wins, Walking the Nile, Our Gay Wedding: The Musical and Flying to the Ends of the Earth. Prior to C4, he was commissioning editor, factual, at Channel 5, and spent nearly 13 years working in production and development at the BBC.

Hay’s appointment comes as The Garden makes a series of internal promotions to “prepare the business for future growth.”

To that end, Nicola Hill has been promoted from head of production to director of production, and will join Hay on the company’s board. Kate Collier, who joined The Garden in 2010 as head of development, has been upped to creative director. Collier will work closely with Hay and Temple to oversee the company’s new business.

Elsewhere, Zac Beattie and Emma Tutty will jointly serve as head of documentaries and Spencer Kelly is to be named head of factual.

Finally, Chloë Solomon, current head of factual formats, will be made head of popular factual.

“I’m feeling very ambitious for The Garden and have thought carefully about how to grow the company whilst ensuring we stay true to our DNA,” said Temple, in a statement. “These are richly deserved promotions, but they also give our talented team more ownership and autonomy over specific areas of the company, which in turn should extend and expand what we can do.”

Hay’s departure from Channel 4 is the latest in a string of exits from the British pubcaster. CEO David Abrahams, CCO Jay Hunt, deputy head of features Alex Menzies, and head of C4′s indie growth fund Laura Franses all resigned earlier this year.

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