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Thames director Phil Harris tapped as C4 head of entertainment

Phil Harris, creative director at UK-based indie Thames, is joining Channel 4 as head of entertainment. Harris (pictured) will take up the role at the British pubcaster early next year, at ...
August 20, 2019

Phil Harris, creative director at UK-based indie Thames, is joining Channel 4 as head of entertainment.

Harris (pictured) will take up the role at the British pubcaster early next year, at which time he will be responsible for the entertainment output and live events across C4′s portfolio and VOD service All 4.

“Channel 4 was the reason I got into TV and this is a great job with a great team. All we need now is your great entertainment ideas,” Harris said in a statement.

At Thames, Harris supercharged the slate across five brands for five different platforms, including BBC1, BBC3, Facebook, Comedy Central and C4-owned channel E4.

His most recent successes include The Greatest Dancer on BBC1, a comedic reboot of quiz show Blockbusters for Comedy Central and Eating With My Ex on BBC3.

Harris has also developed commissions including the topical social media comedy clips show Rob Beckett’s Savage Socials for E4 and a prime-time reboot of Supermarket Sweep for ITV2.

“Phil’s an absolutely brilliant creative leader who’s been responsible for some of the best entertainment shows on TV – we’re very lucky to have him coming to Channel 4,” added E4 Controller Karl Warner.

Prior to Thames, Harris produced a range of shows, including Saturday Night Takeaway, The Xtra FactorThe Only Way Is Essex, Playing it Straight and Celebrity Big Brother. He also devised and executive produced E4′s Celebs Go Dating, and developed and produced The Singles Project in the U.S. for Bravo.

In the interim, C4′s head of on-screen talent, Emma Hardy will continue to oversee the entertainment commissioning team until Harris joins in early 2020.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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