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Channel 4 ups Kelly Webb-Lamb; recruits for factual

UK pubcaster Channel 4 is restructuring its factual division with appointments and a search to fill several unscripted roles. Kelly Webb-Lamb (pictured) has been elevated to deputy director of programs and head of popular ...
February 2, 2018

UK pubcaster Channel 4 is restructuring its factual division with appointments and a search to fill several unscripted roles.

Kelly Webb-Lamb (pictured) has been elevated to deputy director of programs and head of popular factual.

In her new role, Webb-Lamb, who is currently head of factual entertainment, will work alongside Ian Katz, C4′s director of programs, to develop the broadcaster’s overall creative strategy and its on-screen diversity and inclusion strategy.

The factual entertainment, features and daytime commissioning teams will report to Webb-Lamb, as well as the creative diversity team headed by Angela Chan and the nations & regions team headed by Deborah Dunnett.

Webb-Lamb joined C4 as head of factual entertainment in the summer of 2016 and oversaw the launch of The Great British Bake Off. Her recent commissions include Genderquake, Peng Life and Indian Summer School.

Before joining C4, she was MD at London-based Shine TV, where over four years she launched the BAFTA and RTS winner The Island with Bear Grylls and Hunted for Channel 4. Lamb also created shows for channels BBC1, ITV and Skye One.

Elsewhere, head of features Gill Wilson will step down from her role after five years at C4 in order to spend time with her family. She will stay on in her position until the beginning of April to ensure a smooth transition. She has not accepted a new position.

The changes mean that Channel 4 will be recruiting for a head of features and a head of factual entertainment, with both posts reporting to Kelly Webb-Lamb.

The pubcaster is also looking to recruit a head of factual, following the departure of Ralph Lee at the end of 2017. The successful candidate will report directly to Katz.

C4 is also on the lookout for a head of specialist factual, who will report to the head of factual.

The channel is also currently recruiting for a dispatches editor, following Daniel Pearl’s departure in December.

There are no further changes currently planned to the commissioning team.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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