UK pubcaster Channel 4 has upped acquisitions manager Nick Lee to the newly created role of head of series acquisitions.
In his new role, Lee will be responsible for setting the strategy for all acquired scripted and non-scripted series across Channel 4′s portfolio of linear and non-linear channels.
Lee will work with the commissioning teams across the pubcaster, and play an integral role in any pre-production acquisitions and coproduction opportunities along with the relevant head of commissioning. Lee reports to Martin Baker, director of commercial affairs.
Lee joined the pubcaster in October 2013 as acquisitions manager. Before this, he was A&R manager for NBCUniversal’s acquired TV and home entertainment distribution service focusing on TV, stand-up comedy and feature documentary. Prior to his post at NBCUniversal, Lee was the commercial manager for business development at the BBC.
Channel 4′s recent acquisitions have included the acclaimed scripted series The Handmaid’s Tale, Young Sheldon and Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedy series, Who is America.
“Our acquisitions strategy, across the channel portfolio and All 4, is evolving just as the supply lines in the industry are evolving and the scope afforded by this role in terms of coproduction deals, pre-buys, licensing opportunities and partnerships is incredibly exciting,” said Lee in a statement.