Contact: Jackie MurphyRegion: All UK

Title: Senior Acquisitions Producer, Witness
Genre: Documentary, Current Affairs, Acquisitions
Region: All UK

About Channel

Al Jazeera English is a global 24-hour English language news and current affairs channel, dedicated to putting the human story at the forefront of the news agenda. Providing independent and impartial news for a global audience, Al Jazeera provides a voice to different perspectives from traditionally under-reported regions around the world. Al Jazeera English is part of the Al Jazeera Network, headquartered in Qatar. Winner of the RTS Royal Television Society News Channel of the Year award 2012, the channel reaches more than 260 million households on six continents and in more than 135 countries. Many of their programmes and strands have won prestigious international awards.

Commissioning strands include flagship observational documentary strand Witness, investigative strand; People & Power; Al Jazeera World; 101 East, Earthrise and The Cure. Recent acclaimed series include Activate! and Artscape.

Programme Interests

Witness is the flagship observational documentary strand on Al Jazeera English. Both our 25’ and 48’ weekly slots feature compelling stories with global resonance and appeal.

With inspirational and provocative stories, and intimate, character-led accounts, Witness provides an insight into the world’s key global events. Our films are the stories of ordinary men, women and children and reflect how the big issues – war, human rights, health, education, environmental change, government – impact on millions of people around the world. However films which celebrate the human spirit, with a sense of humour and poignancy, even in the most difficult of subjects, are also welcome.

As far as possible our stories are told by local filmmakers about people and events around them, and produced, filmed and edited by teams who operate in the region.

Looking For

Outstanding docs for our weekly 48’ Witness slots - either observational, character driven films or narrative driven documentaries relating to global current affairs issues. Inspirational, provocative stories and new voices not previously heard on TV. Occasionally acquire for our 25’ Witness obs doc slots. 

Also looking out for acquisitions for other strands such as People & Power, Al Jazeera World and occasional series slots.

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