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C4 elevates Alf Lawrie to head of factual entertainment

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has promoted Alf Lawrie to head of factual entertainment. In his new role, Lawrie will oversee the channel’s factual entertainment slate across the network’s portfolio while leading the ...
March 29, 2018

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has promoted Alf Lawrie to head of factual entertainment.

In his new role, Lawrie will oversee the channel’s factual entertainment slate across the network’s portfolio while leading the department’s commissioning team.

Lawrie will take up the post in June, staying within the specialist factual department until then to deliver on his current projects. He will report into deputy director of programs Kelly Webb-Lamb.

Lawrie currently serves as commissioning editor for specialist factual and has helped launch such successful formats as The Apprentice, Hunted and The Face.

During his tenure at C4, Lawrie’s credits include SAS: Who Dares Wins; the Levison Woods travelogue From Russia To Iran: Crossing the Wild Frontier; and The Secret Life Of 5 Year Olds: Suffrage Special, as well as the upcoming Inside The Narcos, about South American drug cartels.

Before joining C4 in 2017, Lawrie served as executive producer on the pubcaster’s reality series The Island.

“Alf is one of the rare people in telly whose experience spans the breadth of what we do in Channel 4 fact-ent,” said Webb-Lamb in a statement. “From wrangling talent like Naomi Campbell, Alan Sugar, Gerry Robinson and Bear Grylls on huge fact-ent juggernauts to documentary series about Longleat for BBC1 and triplets for ITV, the breadth of his talent is proven in his track record. He is one of TV’s good guys – a brave creative leader with wit and mischief, and an instinct for the popular which will help take the department on the next turn of the wheel.”

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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