Channel 4’s new Head of Comedy, Fiona McDermott, has appointed Jack Bayles as Commissioning Editor. He will join the channel in April.

Jack Bayles joins Channel 4 having most recently produced all three series of Channel 4’s hit comedy Catastrophe with Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney.

Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, said: “Having just produced three series of one of the most critically acclaimed shows in recent years, there are few people as qualified as Jack to bring his editorial eye to C4 comedy. It’s nothing short of a coup to get him to jump sides and work with us here.”

Jack Bayles said: “Channel 4 has a wonderful heritage of original comedy and I’m extremely proud to become part of their future. In Fiona they have an incredibly astute and creative new head of department. It’s an exciting time and I’m very much looking forward to working alongside her and the rest of the team.”

Bayles begun his career on shows including Friday Night With Jonathan Ross and Baddiel & Skinner’s Fantasy Football and then worked with Russell Brand across his stand up, radio and television shows including two series of the BAFTA-nominated Ponderland, Brand’s Comedy Central special Live in New York, the Russell Brand Radio Show and  international stand up tour ‘Scandalous’. In 2011.

He then moved into scripted comedy working with Morgana Robinson and Terry Mynott and producing both the satirical impression show Very Important People and two series of Channel 4 sitcom The Mimic. Recently Bayles has worked with Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney producing Catastrophe and with Morgana Robinson as producer on her sketch show Morgana Robinson’s The Agency.

The recruitment process to fill the second Commissioning Editor vacancy in the department remains ongoing.

Jon Creamer

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