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On the move: Alkemy X, Britespark Films, Channel 5 get new faces

Glen Freyer joins Alkemy X leadership team New York-based creative content company Alkemy X has appointed former network exec Glen Freyer as senior vice president of TV and digital content. Freyer (pictured) will ...
January 17, 2019

Glen Freyer joins Alkemy X leadership team

New York-based creative content company Alkemy X has appointed former network exec Glen Freyer as senior vice president of TV and digital content.

Freyer (pictured) will work with the company’s rapidly expanding originals division alongside Andy Singer, EVP of TV and digital content, to develop scripted and unscripted content for both linear and digital platforms, including broadcast, streaming, web and branded.

Freyer previously held senior positions at Loud TV, Bobby Flay’s Rock Shrimp Productions, Atlas Media and TruTV/Court TV. He consulted with Alkemy X for months prior to his appointment and has played a key role in developing and producing projects for Google, Discovery and other clients.

After 20 years in the industry, Freyer’s credits include the Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible and Investigation Discovery’s Stalked: Someone’s Watching.

“Glen is an extremely creative and well-regarded producer, writer and director with deep contacts who will be a huge asset to us as we develop and launch new series,” said Singer in a statement. “He brings experience as a creator, buyer and seller of high-quality content across a range of genres and formats.”

By Fred Blichert

BriteSpark Films appoints director of programs 

London- and Bristol-based television producer Britespark Films, a division of superindie Argonon Group, has tapped former Channel 4 commissioning editor Tom Porter as its director of programs.

In the new role, Porter will be responsible for overseeing BriteSpark’s new slate of programming, while also bringing in new and popular commissions with a particular focus on the UK marketplace.

Porter will take up his posting in April 2019.

During his six-year tenure at Channel 4, Porter worked across various genres and departments, including specialist factual and news and current affairs. His key commissions at the network included the BAFTA and Emmy winning Syria Across the Lines, Grierson-winning Hunted, Our Guy in China, Dogs: Their Secret Lives, and the BAFTA nominated North Korea: Life Inside the Secret State, as well as handling joint responsibility for the forthcoming Michael Jackson doc Leaving Neverland.

Prior to C4, Porter worked as an executive producer at Blakeway Productions where he managed the ‘Dispatches’ slate for four years. Before that, he was a freelance producer and director, making films for Channel 4, BBC, ITV, Sky One and NHK.

“Tom’s heavyweight credentials combining journalistic rigour and populist flair make him the perfect fit for BriteSpark as we continue to grow in scale and ambition,” said Nick Godwin, creative director at BriteSpark, in a statement. “He will be a great asset to the team.”

By Daniele Alcinii

Channel 5 taps former Vice Studios exec as commissioning editor 

Viacom-owned network Channel 5 has tapped former Vice Studios exec Dan Louw as commissioning editor.

Louw previously served as head of development and executive producer at Vice Studios. His past commissions included Channel 5′s Cocaine and Dirty Tricks, The Satanic Verses: 30 Years On for BBC2 and Beat the Internet for UKTV’s comedy channel Dave.

Louw also served as VP of development for Vice Media-owned television net Viceland, where he developed more than 40 hours of original programming, including Hate Thy Neighbour and Needles and Pins.

Prior to Vice, Louw worked as head of development at BBC Documentaries where he developed returning series Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week and the BAFTA-nominated Drugsland. Before this, he held posts at various indies including Twenty Twenty TV, Dragonfly TV and North One.

Elsewhere, Channel 5 has also named Kate Morey and Denise Seneviratne as commissioning executives.

Morey most recently worked as an executive producer at Lambent Production and Spun Gold where she delivered series for ITV1 and Channel 5. Her past credits include Channel 4′s One Born Every Minute and BBC’s Famous, Rich and Jobless. 

Meanwhile, Seneviratne has worked across a number of documentary, factual and factual entertainment programs as an executive producer and series editor. She most recently executive produced Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes for ITV, and the BBC series’ Meet the Humans and Sun Sex and Suspicious Parents.

All three commissioning roles will report into Ben Frow, Channel 5′s director of programs.

By Selina Chignall

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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