Channel 4’s Director of Commercial Affairs, Martin Baker, has promoted Nick Lee to Head of Series Acquisitions.
Reporting into the Director of Commercial Affairs, the newly created role will be responsible for the creation and roll out, deal terms and delivery of the strategy for all acquired series, scripted and non-scripted, across Channel 4’s portfolio of linear and non-linear channels. Working closely with the commissioning teams across the channel, Lee will also play a key role in any pre-production acquisitions and co-production opportunities alongside the relevant Head of Commissioning.
Martin Baker, Director of Commercial Affairs at Channel 4, said: “Acquisitions are an integral part of the content strategy across our portfolio of channels and, increasingly, All 4. I’m thrilled that Nick, with his astute buyer’s eye, shrewd commercial sensibilities and great relationships with suppliers, will be stepping into this vital role.”
Nick Lee said: “The opportunity to build further on Channel 4’s reputation for bringing the best and most fitting of the global TV market to UK audiences is a really gratifying prospect. Our acquisitions strategy, across the channel portfolio and All 4, is evolving just as the supply lines in the industry are evolving and the scope afforded by this role in terms of co-production deals, pre-buys, licensing opportunities and partnerships is incredibly exciting.”
Lee joined Channel 4 in October 2013 as Acquisitions Manager. Prior to this he was A&R Manager for NBCUniversal’s acquired TV and home entertainment distribution service specialising in TV, stand-up comedy and feature documentary. Before this Lee was Commercial Manager for Business Development at the BBC financing in-house productions through 3rd party, digital and archive licensing.
Along with the forthcoming acquisition Catch-22, executive produced, directed and co-starring George Clooney, Channel 4’s recent acquisitions have included the BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning hit The Handmaid’s Tale for Channel 4, Young Sheldonwhich was the biggest new comedy launch in E4’s history, the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning TV series of Fargo, and Sacha Baron Cohen’s headline-making comedy series Who is America, and More4’s The Good Fight.
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