Extra: C4 hires in fact ent; CBC launches short docs platform

In today's 'Extra,' UK pubcaster Channel 4 appoints Kelly Webb-Lamb (pictured) as head of fact ent, the CBC unveils a short docs initiative, and the Peabody Awards and Facebook have teamed to launch the Futures of Media Award.
May 6, 2016

Channel 4 appoints head of factual entertainment

UK pubcaster Channel 4 has named former Shine TV MD Kelly Webb-Lamb (pictured) as its head of factual entertainment.

In her new role, Webb-Lamb will be charged with managing the network’s fact-ent output, developing established brands and overseeing original projects. The exec will report to Liam Humphreys, who oversees C4′s entertainment slate.

Webb-Lamb’s appointment comes amid a reshuffling at the pubcaster that will see Humphreys – currently head of factual entertainment – become head of entertainment, while Ben Caudell will shift to head of comedy entertainment with continued oversight of the department’s non-factual entertainment slate.

Webb-Lamb, who departed Shine last October, will join Channel 4 in September with commissioning editors Ian Dunkley, Lucy Leveugle and Danny Carvalho all reporting to her.

During her four years at Shine, Webb-Lamb oversaw such series as The Island with Bear GryllsHuntedAll Change at Longleat and Council House Crackdown. Prior to her time at Shine, the exec served as creative director of factual entertainment at Princess.

CBC launches short docs platform
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has unveiled a short docs platform, CBC Docs: Short Docs, which will focus on shareable content less than 30 minutes in length.

The site has launched with six short docs thus far, including Billsville, Thunder Blanket, Underdog, Wally’s World, WhyFi? and World Famous Gopher Hole Museum. Two shorts that also premiered at Hot Docs this week – Frame 394 by Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson and Between You & Me by Chase Joynt – will also feature on the site.

Plans are afoot to feature up to 18 shorts over the course of the 2016-2017 season, and filmmakers interested in submitting for the next round should investigate the CBC Independent Producers Portal.

Peabody Awards and Facebook team on new award

The Peabody Awards and social networking platform Facebook have launched the Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award, which will honor five innovative digital projects per year that educate and inspire social change.

This year’s winners – as chosen by the student Peabody Fellows at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia – include PBS ‘Frontline’ projects Ebola Outbreak: A Virtual Journey and Inheritance; Sweet 180 Productions’ Halal in the Family; Dontnod Entertainment’s Life is Strange; and St. Louis Public Radio’s One Year in Ferguson.

The five winners will be presented with the Futures of Media Award at a ceremony in New York City at the Paley Center for Media on May 21. They will also be streamed on the Peabody’s Facebook page via Facebook Live.

The Futures of Media Award is one part of a three-year Peabody project in partnership with Facebook.

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