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Channel 4 names new heads of documentary and specialist factual

Channel 4 has promoted Alisa Pomeroy and Shaminder Nahal to the positions of the head of documentaries and head of specialist factual, respectively, splitting the portfolio of the outgoing Danny Horan. Both ...
January 12, 2022

Channel 4 has promoted Alisa Pomeroy and Shaminder Nahal to the positions of the head of documentaries and head of specialist factual, respectively, splitting the portfolio of the outgoing Danny Horan. Both will assume their new roles immediately.

“Documentaries and specialist factual programming have always been at the heart of the channel, and these two appointments will ensure that Channel 4 remains the home of the most innovative, challenging and popular factual shows around,” said Channel 4′s chief creative officer Ian Katz in a release.

“Alisa is an inspirational and mischievous commissioner with a long track record of delivering some of the channel’s most creatively ambitious and successful shows. Shaminder is a brilliantly original and iconoclastic thinker who has been behind some of the channel’s most distinctive and provocative commissions. I have no doubt that both of them will make waves.”

Pomeroy (pictured left) joined Channel 4 in 2015 and has been responsible for several award-winning programs, including Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain and Baby Surgeons: Delivering Miracles. Upcoming projects include a series about The Jeremy Kyle Show and The Real AC-12 (w/t).

“I’m excited about the future of documentaries at Channel 4,” said Pomeroy, who will report to Katz in her new role as head of documentaries. “The media landscape has changed unrecognisably since I came to Channel 4, but there’s everything to play for and I’m lucky enough to be inheriting an extraordinarily talented team of commissioning editors. Together, we plan to discover the next generation of impactful, unmissable programs, and nurture the best in British filmmaking talent.”

Nahal (pictured right) will report to Louisa Compton, head of news and current affairs, sport and specialist factual. Having been with Channel 4 since 2017, she was recently at the forefront of the broadcaster’s The Black to Front Project with Vivienne Molokwu, and has been responsible for award-winning programs such as Grenfell: The Untold Story, Empire State of Mind, Diana: The Truth Behind the Interview and Superkids: Breaking Away from Care, among others.

“Shaminder Nahal has proved herself to be a first class commissioner of specialist factual programs and I’m delighted to be working with her towards a new strategy putting SF back at the heart of the Channel with noisy, ambitious and populist commissions,” said Compton of the promotion.

“It’s a huge privilege to be leading our specialist factual output — it’s a department which has delivered some of Channel 4′s most original, controversial and innovative programs,” Nahal added. “There isn’t a better time to be taking on the most challenging and fascinating stories and questions in history, culture and science in the boldest possible way — and I can’t wait to get going alongside our brilliant production and filmmaking partners across the UK.”

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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