C4 unveils new entertainment team

Head of entertainment and TV events, Ed Havard, has unveiled his new entertainment team at UK-broadcaster Channel 4. Harvard has upped his team by hiring Karen Murdoch as commissioning editor for ...
February 23, 2017

Head of entertainment and TV events, Ed Havard, has unveiled his new entertainment team at UK-broadcaster Channel 4.

Harvard has upped his team by hiring Karen Murdoch as commissioning editor for entertainment. Murdoch will join commissioning editor Syeda Irtizaali and commissioning executive Antonia Howard Taylor.

“Karen has had huge experience and success in production and has worked with many of the best entertainment indies. She is also a hugely popular figure and we’re incredibly excited that she has joined the team,” Havard said of Murdoch, in a statement.

Murdoch has a range of experience in the independent prodco sector with credits as executive producer, series producer and producer credits for Magnum Media, Zeppotron, Objective, Open Mike, Princess Productions and Burning Bright.

Prior to joining C4, Karen was most recently executive producer on series 5 and 6 of Lee Mack’s Sky 1 panel show, Duck Quacks Don’t Echo, having previously been series producer on the first two series and consultant producer on series 3 and 4.

She was a series producer for C4′s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, BBC One’s Would I Lie To You? and John Bishop’s Britain, ITV1′s The Marriage Ref and BBC Two’s Let’s Play Darts for Comic Relief.

Commissioning editor Sarah Lazenby continues to work across factual entertainment and entertainment.

Elsewhere, Tom Beck has been elevated to head of live events, overseeing key channel events from The Crystal Maze to Stand Up To Cancer. Beck remains a commissioning editor for entertainment.

“Tom has brought real scale and ambition to live events from Stand Up To Cancer to the TFI Anniversary Special and his new role reflects the importance of events like this on the channel,” Havard said of Beck, in a statement.

Madeline Ireland is the entertainment and events genre assistant, while Katie Buckley remains program co-ordinator for the department.

The team will continue to report to Havard.

In other C4 news, the network has ordered Restoration of the Year from prodco Chocolate Media.

The new series will go behind-the-scenes on multi-million pound projects of historic buildings, revealing to viewers the building techniques and skills used in each transformation. The series will be made in partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors who will judge the projects.

Each episode represents a historical era and features restorations for that period. At the end of each program, the projects that have made it onto the final short-list are unveiled by the judges of the Royal Institution. In the final episode, the judges will award one project the title of Restoration of The Year.

Restoration of The Year will be presented by Kevin McCloud (Grand Designs) with historian, Dr. Anna Keay, director of the Landmark Trust (Restoring Britain’s Landmarks). They will be joined by historic building surveyor, Marianne Suhr and architectural historian, Jonathan Foyle as they examine and unveil the significance of each building

The series was commissioned by Alex Menzies for C4 and will be executive produced by Alan Brown for Chocolate Media. The series will be distributed by NBCUniversal International Distribution.

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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.