Contact: Rita DanielsRegion: All UK

Title: Executive Producer - First Cut
Genre: Factual
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

Looking For

First Cut

FIRST CUT exists to launch the careers of new factual directors with this career-changing strand. It is open to anyone who has not directed a 60 minute film for broadcast on a terrestrial channel or BBC Three. It is the aim of this strand to develop the next generation of C4 documentary directors. In commissioning these programmes, we look for up and coming directors we feel have the potential to make prime time programmes for the Channel, and subjects which give them an appropriate opportunity to show their flair and vision. Pitches should be send to Rita Daniels.

In addition, we are always open for other arresting and entertaining single films, for fast turnaround commissions that can bring a documentary perspective to a fiercely topical subject – Terror At Sea: The Sinking Of The Concordia, - for singles which can serve as pilot programmes for potential series, and for innovative use of the documentary form – Blackout, UKIP: The First 100 Days. And we are keen to develop more onscreen C4 talent who could become documentary faces of the Channel.

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Rita Daniels is an Executive Producer in Channel 4's Documentaries Department, overseeing such series as One Born Every Minute and First Dates as well as the debut director's strand First Cut. She previously worked as a series director and senior producer/director for 24 Hours in A&E and 24.