Kelly Webb-Lamb will be stepping down from her role as deputy director of programs and head of popular factual at Channel 4 after half a decade with the British pubcaster.
Webb-Lamb (pictured) joined the network in May 2016 and worked closely alongside director of programs Ian Katz in developing C4′s overall creative strategy, as well as its on-screen diversity and inclusion strategy. The exec has also been instrumental in the channel’s response to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic. During her three-year tenure as deputy director of programs, Webb-Lamb oversaw the popular factual commissioning departments responsible for more than 1,000 hours of annual programming – from the launch, and continued success, of The Great British Bake Off to Gogglebox, Hunted and The Circle.
In addition, she spearheaded the company’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement with the forthcoming “Black Takeover Project”, an programming initiative entirely led by Black talent and contributors from morning to midnight, and has also been responsible for managing C4′s search for innovative and channel-defining formats.
Webb-Lamb will remain with the channel full-time until the summer of 2021 before shifting to a part-time basis into the fall. She leaves the pubcaster in good health, with record growth in youth viewing and All 4 streaming during 2020. According to Channel 4, the net ended the year with linear share up +3%, 16-34s share up +8% and All 4 viewing up a massive +31%.
“Channel 4 is a very special place; quite possibly the most special place in the industry. There’s nowhere I’ve worked where your staff-pass says freedom, creativity and risk quite as loudly. It is therefore very hard to leave,” said Webb-Lamb in a statement. “But after five years and a whole load of change, the channel is now in a really strong place creatively, and I am super proud of what we’ve achieved. So it’s a good time for me to take the leap and say goodbye — new adventures are beckoning.”
Added Katz: “Kelly has played a huge part in shaping Channel 4 over the last five years and been a wise, generous and creatively inspiring partner for the last three. She is one of the most formidable people I’ve ever worked with, as mischievous as she is ferociously clever and passionate about what Channel 4 can and should be. She has a remarkable ability to make any show better, whatever the genre, and many of our most successful shows, from Old Age Home for 4 Year Olds to The Circle, bear her creative fingerprints. We’ll all miss her hugely but I’m enormously grateful for everything she has done for the channel, and delighted that she’s agreed to stick around till the summer to complete perhaps her most ambitious project yet, the Black Takeover of the schedule.”
Webb-Lamb’s exit follows that of another C4 executive — deputy head of features and formats Sean Doyle, who is leaving his post to join the unscripted team at Disney+ in the UK.