UKTV has named Emile Nawagamuwa its new commissioning executive, with a mandate to grow the British multi-channel broadcaster’s factual and factual entertainment offerings for its W, Yesterday, Dave and Gold brands.
Nawagamuwa (pictured) will assume the post on June 21 and report to Hilary Rosen, UKTV’s deputy director of commissioning and head of factual and factual entertainment.
He’ll join the team behind popular and award-winning factual series like Bangers & Cash, Bib Zuu’s Eats and Emma Willis: Delivering Babies. UKTV also recently announced five short-form comedy series for YouTube and Facebook.
Nawagamuwa is a producer and Grierson-nominated director with over 15 years of experience making documentaries and factual programming for both UK and U.S. networks. Most recently he produced the last two series of BBC2′s BAFTA-nominated doc Hospital, filmed during the pandemic. He also produced My Brave Face and Homestead Rescue for Discovery, and as a director he helmed more than 30 hours of factual programming including Phil Spencer: History of Britain in 100 Homes, Rich House, Poor House and Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun.
“I’m looking forward to joining Hilary’s highly-respected team at UKTV,” said Nawagamuwa in a release. “The creative challenge of working across such a dynamic range of programmes at one of Britain’s biggest multi-channel broadcasters is very exciting and full of endless possibilities.”
Added Rosen: “I’m thrilled that Emile is joining UKTV. His track record in delivering high-end documentaries, coupled with his experience in scripted comedy, makes him the perfect fit for our team as we continue to grow our slate of UKTV Originals.”