S4C has appointed Iwan England to the newly created position as Head of Unscripted.
The remit for the senior commissioning role will be to focus on developing the Channel’s co-productions, premium limited series, ambitious formats and international slate of content.
England, a recent graduate of the Factual Fast Track training scheme funded by the BBC, Channel 4 and S4C, joins after twenty-two years working in TV production, most recently as Executive Producer of several popular episodes of the BBC One ‘Our Lives’ strand including ‘Searching for My Other Mam’ and ‘Born Deaf, Raised Hearing.’
He developed, produced, and directed the multi award winning drama documentary ‘Aberfan, The Fight for Justice’ which was a BBC One, BBC Wales and S4C co-commission, presented by Huw Edwards, which told the story of the decades long fight for justice of the people of Aberfan, the village where he was brought up. He has also collaborated on several other productions with Huw Edwards, most recently the Open University and BBC Wales co-production ‘Wales: Who Do We Think We Are.’
He has collaborated with stand-up comedian and presenter Elis James on several comedy and factual series produced through Alpha Productions, the company Iwan established and has run since 2014. The BBC Two and BBC Wales series ‘Funny Nation’ saw James interview a host of comedy talents including Rob Brydon, Ruth Jones, Rhod Gilbert and Kiri Pritchard-McLean, and a further audio collaboration with James won gold at the British Podcast Awards.
Iwan England said: “I’m excited to be joining S4C at this significant moment in its history. At a time when the broadcaster is celebrating its fortieth anniversary and is developing ambitious new plans in unscripted. I look forward to collaborating with the vibrant production community and building new creative partnerships whilst being an unabashed cheerleader for Welsh talent in front of and behind the camera.”
S4C’s Chief Content Officer, Llinos Griffin-Williams said: “I am delighted to welcome Iwan to my growing commissioning team as a valued creative voice. Well respected, with a passion for great storytelling, his experience and understanding of shaping ambitious and engaging content as well as nurturing talent means he will undoubtedly be a huge asset within the team as we grow our unscripted offerings for our audiences.”
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