Contact: Fiona McDermottRegion: All UK




Title: Head of Comedy
Genre: Comedy
Region: All UK
E: fmcdermott@channel4.co.uk
W: www.channel4.com

About Channel

Channel 4 is a publicly-owned, commercially-funded public service broadcaster. We do not receive any public funding and have a remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive. Channel 4 works across television, film and digital media to deliver our public service remit, as outlined in the 2003 Communications Act and most recently the 2010 Digital Economy Act.

Channel 4 was launched on 2nd November 1982 with a unique business model, under the Broadcasting Act 1981. We are funded predominantly by advertising and sponsorship, but unlike other broadcasters such as ITV, Channel 4 is not shareholder owned. Channel 4 is a statutory corporation, independent of Government, and governed by a unitary board made up of executive and non-executive directors, who are responsible for ensuring that Channel 4 fulfils its remit and delivers its financial responsibilities. Non-executive directors are appointed by OFCOM in agreement with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. This system ensures our not-for-profit status; that we are held accountable and that all profit generated by our commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of our public service remit.

In addition to the main channel, our portfolio includes E4, More4, Film4, 4seven and 4Music, as well as our digital and video-on-demand platform, All 4. Through its film arm Film4, Channel 4 is also a key supporter of British film making talent.

As a publisher-broadcaster, Channel 4 is required to commission UK content from the independent production sector. We are a major investor in the UK's creative economy, working with around 300 creative companies from across the UK every year and investing significantly in training and talent development throughout the industry.

Programme Interests

Comedy at Channel 4 should be original, bold, and distinctive with a real sense of authorship. Recent output includes Peep Show, The Inbetweeners, Friday Night Dinner, Cardinal Burns, Derek, Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy and The Mimic.

Channel 4 has a special relationship with new talent and we are more likely to take risks on unknown comedians and writers than any other broadcaster. So alongside championing brilliant and original writing, we aim to find and launch the next generation of great comic performers.

Individual talent or emergent writers will inevitably need the backing of a production company. A fantastic script is the first crucial stage in making a great show, but you'll also need skillful casting, production, direction and post-production. The production company and you can then pitch the idea, as a full package, to the Commissioning Editors. Channel 4 cannot accept unsolicited scripts from members of the public.

Looking For

Comedy Blaps is Channel 4’s new vehicle for piloting comedy online. They live on channel4.com/blaps, Youtube, Vimeo and as a podcast on iTunes.

 

We are ONLY looking for Comedy Blaps at this stage.

 

 

Please contact commissioners regarding 4Funnies – these are pilots designed to showcase more established talent and are only open to PACT registered production companies.

 

Please note that the Comedy department only deal with scripted comedy (like Drifters, Man Down, Peep Show, The Mimic, Toast of London & sketch shows like Cardinal Burns). Studio shows including panel show ideas and stand up show ideas should be sent to the Entertainment department.

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Read Commissioner Brief

http://www.channel4.com/info/commissioning/4producers/comedy

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