Channel 4’s Head of Comedy, Fiona McDermott, has appointed Jon Petrie as Commissioning Editor. He will join the channel early in 2019.
Petrie joins Channel 4 having most recently produced Channel 4’s new comedy Stath Lets Flats. He began his career working on comedy entertainment shows such as Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI and Comic Relief. In 2008 Petrie moved to Ash Atalla’s company Roughcut Television to develop online comedy content (in his spare time he ran sketch and stand up nights, including a nationwide video comedy night Popcorn Comedy). He produced the Misery Bear shorts, which amassed over 10 million views. Since 2009 Petrie has produced the sketch show Anna and Katy, five series of the BAFTA Award-winning People Just Do Nothing (after he discovered the show on YouTube), Hospital People and most recently Channel 4’s Stath Lets Flats. Petrie also ran his own production label, Little A, in partnership with Roughcut Television.
New Channel 4 comedies for 2019 include Happy AF, Year of the Rabbit, MAXXX, Dead Pixels and Home.
Petrie joins Fiona McDermott alongside Commissioning Editor Jack Bayles and Laura Riseam, who has recently been promoted to Commissioning Executive in the team.