Channel 4 merges fact ent, entertainment teams

Liam Humphreys (pictured), currently head of factual entertainment for the UK pubcaster, will oversee the new division.
April 21, 2015

UK pubcaster Channel 4 is merging its entertainment and factual entertainment teams, creating a combined division overseen by head of fact ent Liam Humphreys (pictured).

The restructuring – which is spearheaded by chief creative officer Jay Hunt - follows the exit of current head of entertainment Justin Gorman.

According to a release by the broadcaster, the move reflects “increased cross-genre working” across the Channel 4 commissioning team, as well as the success of entertainment-focused formats such as The Jump and The Island with Bear Grylls.

A new head of entertainment, who will report to Humphreys, is to be recruited, and will oversee both a commissioning editor for entertainment, as well as an editor for entertainment.

In addition, a newly created position of commissioning editor for live events – which is to apply across all genres – will also be formed within the commissioning team, reporting to head of sport and TV events Ed Havard.

“From The Island to The Jump, some of our most successful entertainment shows have come from the factual entertainment team. It makes sense to consolidate what we do under Liam’s leadership,” said Hunt in a statement.


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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 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.