C4′s Glover, Dragonfly’s Raphael to launch UK indie

Channel 4's head of specialist factual David Glover and Dragonfly MD Mark Raphael (pictured) are teaming up to launch an independent production company in the UK.
March 23, 2016

Channel 4′s head of specialist factual David Glover is leaving the UK pubcaster to start an independent production company with Dragonfly MD Mark Raphael (pictured).

Glover has spent the past 11 years at C4, 5working as a senior commissioning editor before being promoted to head of specialist factual – a newly created position – in 2013. He has worked on some of the channel’s most popular series, including Gogglebox, Live from Space, Inside Nature’s Giants, The Murder Detectives, The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds and Walking the Nile.

Channel 4 has appointed deputy chief creative officer and head of factual Ralph Lee to oversee specialist factual on an interim basis while the network recruits a full-time replacement.

“I love Channel 4 and everything it stands for. I have had unbelievable support to back virtually every project I wanted to,” Glover said in a statement. “But now I want a new challenge. Setting up with my friend Mark Raphael is very exciting. I love the programs he has been involved in like Educating Yorkshire and the Murder Trial.”

Meanwhile, Raphael joined Endemol Shine Group-owned Dragonfly in 2013 as a creative director and was promoted to MD a year later.

Prior to that he worked as a commissioning editor at Channel 4 alongside Glover. While at Dragonfly, he oversaw the hit series One Born Every Minute, as well as the upcoming 10-part Channel 4 series Inside Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Other credits include The Burrowers: Animals Underground for BBC2, Driving Wild for Discovery and The Great British Benefts Handout for Channel 5.

“The opportunity to do something from scratch with David was something I simply had to go for,” Raphael said in a statement. “Dragonfly is in great shape both commercially and creatively which is down to the team’s hard work and the strong support from Endemol Shine. I wish them every success in the future.”

Raphael will leave Dragonfly in May. In a statement, the company said news on future leadership will follow in due course.

“Mark wants to try something with an old friend, colleague and peer which, though we will miss him, we do acknowledge,” Endemol Shine UK CEO Richard Johnston said in a statement. “He goes with our thanks and with Dragonfly in a strong position for any successor to build on.”

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