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Rare TV appoints Channel 4 commissioning editor as CEO

London-based documentary and factual indie Rare TV has named former Channel 4 executive Alexander Gardiner as CEO. The BAFTA- and Peabody Award-winning creative (pictured) most recently served as consultant commissioning editor at ...
July 9, 2019

London-based documentary and factual indie Rare TV has named former Channel 4 executive Alexander Gardiner as CEO.

The BAFTA- and Peabody Award-winning creative (pictured) most recently served as consultant commissioning editor at UK pubcaster Channel 4 following a four-year stint as managing director of Shiver, where he led the restructuring of the ITV Studios-owned factual label.

He additionally served as creative director for the factual north arm of ITV Studios, overseeing a reorganization of the team, its structures and finances. His production credentials include co-executive producing the first season of reality series I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, launching ITV’s flagship political series Peston on Sunday, and overseeing Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile.

Gardiner replaces Rare TV’s Antony Fraser, who departed the UK indie last week in pursuit of new challenges. Fraser co-founded the production outfit in 2013 alongside Joel Denton, and oversaw the company’s majority acquisition in London and Northern Ireland-based indie 360Production and the integration of Screenchannel a year later.

“In addition to Alex’s unquestionable media and TV credentials to lead Rare through the next chapter of its development, Alex has a very strong sense of ethics and desire to make a positive impact on our community as demonstrated by his numerous voluntary activities focused at ‘giving back’,” said Graham Coxell, non-executive chairman of Rare, in a statement. “It was these credentials, and Alex’s values which made him a stand out candidate to take on the role as CEO of Rare amongst some very strong competition.”

About The Author
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 HMV.com. 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.

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