Channel 4 executive producer Barnaby Coughlin is set to join London- and Bristol-based indie prodco Label1 Television in the newly created role of head of factual entertainment.
Assuming the post in July, Coughlin (pictured) will be responsible for creating and producing a slate of programming as the British true indie “builds on its reputation for blue-chip factual by expanding into factual entertainment.”
“Barnaby’s got a knack for seeking out creative opportunities that stretch him and his teams, whilst allowing his natural joie de vivre to shine through,” said Dickson in a statement. “Best of all, he’s a one-off – a true original who hasn’t emerged from the same jelly mold as many of his contemporaries.”
The new head of factual entertainment joins Label1 from Channel 4 where he was an executive producer on the dating formats First Dates and First Dates Hotel. Coughlin’s career also includes stints on BBC1′s The Apprentice, ITV’s Pop Stars, and experimental Channel 4 formats The Audience and Seven Days. He also series directed BBC2 documentary Posh People: Inside Tatler.
Couglin’s appointment is a reunion of sorts with Label1′s creative director Dickson, having first worked together on season three of First Dates.
The UK indie recently took home the Royal Television Society Award for Best Documentary series for its first commission, BBC2′s Hospital.