Contact: Tom BeckRegion: All UK

Title: Head of Live Events & Commissioning Editor, Entertainment
Genre: Entertainment
Region: All UK

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

Channel 4 Entertainment makes a wide range of popular, returning formats like Alan Carr Chatty Man, 8 Out of 10 Cats, and Cats Do Countdown, Million Pound Drop, and Derren Brown, but we are always on the lookout for new shows that are irreverent and mischievous, have scale and broad appeal.

Looking For

Our talent-led shows assemble a great line up and we provide a strong platform to champion new talent. We have made an investment in new Channel 4 stars, for example, with the talent-led format The Last Leg with Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe. In 2013 we launched Was It Something I Said? a new quotation based panel show hosted by David Mitchell with Micky Flanagan and Richard Ayoade as team captains.

In 2014 we're bringing back iconic game show Fifteen to One in daytime hosted by Sandy Toksvig, alongside more celebrity specials hosted by Adam Hills.

Stand Up To Cancer is back this year and there will be a range of must-watch Entertainment programmes launching around it.

A Channel 4 Entertainment show has innovation at its heart. It's important to us to stay at the forefront of developments in second screen. The Million Pound Drop is Channel 4's most successful TV app, with 2.7m downloads. We partnered with Twitter for Was It Something I Said? - this enabled viewers to use the platform as part of the game. We aim to develop primetime shows and the technology that accompanies them in parallel. We're on the lookout for a digital idea that is also essential and integral to the TV idea. When it comes to Channel 4 Entertainment, always think interactive.

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