Screenchannel Television, part of the Rare TV Group, has hired former C4 commissioner Katie Boyd as its first creative director.
Boyd comes to Screenchannel with a brief to expand its portfolio of returnable series, focusing on UK factual and factual entertainment programmes with global potential.
The production company has just won its first ever Dispatches commission for Channel 4, with other recent commissions including an animated series of shorts, The Real History of Sex, for BBC Three. Other BBC projects include two re-commissions: the eighth series of consumer show Fake Britain and the sixth and seventh series of observational documentary The Sheriffs Are Coming.
Boyd has previously worked for indies including Nutopia, Maverick Television, Optomen Television and Endemol.
Among her production credits are the Home Front and Restoration for BBC One and Two respectively, Good Sex Guide for ITV, Relocation, Relocation, Gok’s Fashion Fix and Gordon Ramsay’s Cookalong for Channel 4, and House Doctor for Channel 5.
She was a commissioning editor at Channel 4, where she developed, commissioned and executive produced shows including Embarrassing Bodies, Location, Location, Location and SuperScrimpers.
Screenchannel Television, a specialist in factual, formatted and factual-entertainment programming, was acquired by the Rare TV Group in February 2015.
The company is headed by joint managing directors Peter Lowe, a former BBC executive producer and controller at Carlton Television, and Emma Barker, a former commissioning editor and controller at ITV.
Antony Fraser, CEO of the Rare TV Group, said: “She will be an invaluable asset in our mission to evolve our brands into global properties while consolidating our UK position.”
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