Channel 4 has bolstered its Nations and Region team with the appointment of new executive Deborah Dunnett.

Dunnett joins from Scottish indie Raise the Roof to take the newly created role of Nations & Regions Executive.

She will report to Channel 4’s N&R Manager, Ian Mackenzie.

The role is part of an arm of Channel 4 Commissioning focussed on development funding, company support and delivery of the broadcaster’s regional production targets.

Based in Channel 4’s Glasgow office, she will work with a number of genre commissioners and provide support for the development of regional production companies UK-wide.

Raise the Roof is one of Channel 4’s biggest regional suppliers, and Dunnett’s Executive Producer credits include Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas and Phil Spencer Secret Agent for C4; alongside Holiday of My Lifetime for BBC. She also spent five years as the indie’s Head of Development.

The appointment comes as Mackenzie’s role as Nations and Regions Manager has been expanded to encompass on-going engagement with independent production companies nationwide as Channel 4’s Indie Advocate – a role that is designed to strengthen the broadcaster’s supplier relations throughout the UK.

According to C4, in 2015 it invested £149m in original content in Nations and Regions.

Shows made my regional indies include No Offence (Manchester’s Abbotsvision); Homes by the Sea (True North); Gadget Man (North One Television); Speed With Guy Martin (also North One); Hollyoaks (Lime Pictures), now on C4 for over twenty years; This Is England ’90 (Quadratray) and Food Unwrapped (Ricochet).

Staff Reporter

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