British pubcaster Channel 4 has appointed Electric Ray executive Karl Warner (pictured) to the newly created role of controller for its digital channel E4.
In the posting, Warner will be responsible for leading the youth channel brand’s commissioning.
He reports directly to Ian Katz, Channel 4′s director of programs, and will work closely alongside all the genre commissioning, program acquisition and scheduling teams. Additionally, he will work in unison with the C4 marketing and digital teams to develop the brand across on-demand and social media.
Warner’s hiring comes after C4′s Katz boosted the channel’s commissioning budget in May by US$13.4 milliion (£10 million), with a particular emphasis on reality and factual entertainment content.
Warner joins the E4 brand from London-based production outfit Electric Ray, where he’s served as co-managing director since January 2014. The prodco is a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television.
Prior to launching Electric Ray, Warner served as a commissioning editor for the BBC, where he commissioned such programs as Undercover Princes, Russell Howard’s Good News and Junior Doctors for BBC3, and John Bishop’s Britain, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Live at the Apollo for BBC1. Before the BBC, Warner was head of development at London indie Monkey Kingdom.
“Karl has proven as both a commissioner and producer that he’s one of the most inventive, intelligent and impish figures in British television,” Katz said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that he will be joining us at this key moment in the history of Channel 4 and can’t wait to see what he does with E4.”
“I love Electric Ray and I’ll miss Meredith and the team massively, plus Wayne and everyone at Sony who have been unbelievably supportive,” added Warner. “I wouldn’t have dreamt of leaving if the chance to run E4 hadn’t come up – it’s a brilliant opportunity that’s too good to miss.”