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Sky expands documentaries, factual commissioning team with two hires

British media and telecommunications conglomerate Sky, a division of Comcast, has bolstered its nascent documentaries and factual team with two commissioning appointments. Hayley Reynolds (pictured left), formerly assistant commissioning editor for BBC Storyville, ...
February 3, 2021

British media and telecommunications conglomerate Sky, a division of Comcast, has bolstered its nascent documentaries and factual team with two commissioning appointments.

Hayley Reynolds (pictured left), formerly assistant commissioning editor for BBC Storyville, has been named commissioning editor for documentaries and factual, while Channel 4′s Janine Thomas (right) will become assistant commissioning editor.

In their new roles, Reynolds and Thomas will work to commission original features and multi-part series for Sky Documentaries, a “limited number” of original natural history programs for Sky Nature and true crime original series for Sky Crime.

The pair will both report directly into Poppy Dixon, director of documentaries and factual commissioning, when they start in their positions in the next month. 

“Hayley and Janine are coming on board at a particularly exciting time at Sky, as we work to build a world-class slate of must-see documentaries across our factual channels,” said Dixon in a statement. “Both excelled in their previous roles and will bring a creative and fresh perspective to our factual line-up”

Reynolds began her film and TV career more than 13 years ago in production before moving into commissioning, having spent the last three years working within BBC Storyville, the Beeb’s flagship feature documentary strand. There, her recent executive producer credits include The Mole: Infiltrating North KoreaThe Mystery of DB Cooper and Sam Hobkinson’s feature documentary Misha and the Wolves, which premiered recently at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Prior to the BBC, she spent five years at Minnow Films where she produced across their development and production portfolio, including the feature doc Williams for BBC Films and Netflix.

Thomas, meanwhile, boards Sky from Channel 4 where she served as documentaries assistant editor. Her slate included Damilola: The Boy Next DoorSecret Life of the Zooand 24 Hours in A&E. She has also commissioned digitally factual programs for the ‘True Stories’ strand and E4.

During her six-year tenure at Channel 4, Thomas advocated for Black History Month programming including gal-dem presents: Black British History and film series Take Your Knee Off My Neck.

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