Channel 5 has made three new hires for its commissioning team with the appointment of Dan Louw as Commissioning Editor and Kate Morey and Denise Seneviratne as Commissioning Executives.
The appointments follow the recent announcements confirming Sean Collins as Head of Scheduling and Sebastian Cardwell as Digital Channel Controller. All three commissioning roles will report into Ben Frow, Director of Programmes, Channel 5.
Louw joins Channel 5 from Vice Studios, where he most recently served as Head of Development and Executive Producer with commissions including Cocaine and Dirty Tricks for Channel 5, The Satanic Verses: 30 Years On for BBC2 and Beat the Internet for Dave. Louw also worked as VP Development for Viceland where he was responsible for developing more than 40 hours of original programming including Hate Thy Neighbour and Needles and Pins.
Prior to Vice, Louw worked as Head of Development at BBC Documentaries where he developed returning series Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week and the BAFTA nominated Drugsland. Preceding this, Louw also developed and produced at a number of indies including Twenty Twenty TV, Dragonfly TV and North One, where he produced the first series of Guy Martin.
Morey has most recently worked as an Executive Producer at Lambent Production and Spun Gold making series for ITV1 and Channel 5. Morey has previously enjoyed roles at betty, Shine, LOVE and Talkback where she worked on a variety of Channel 4 prime time series including One Born Every Minute, Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners and the first ever series of First Dates as well as Famous Rich and Jobless, Babies in the Office and Would like to meet for BBC3, BBC1 and BBC2 respectively.
Seneviratne has worked across a number of documentary, factual and factual entertainment programmes as an Executive Producer and Series Editor. She most recently Executive Produced Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes for ITV, a BBC series Meet the humans with Michael Mosley and BBC’s popular Sun Sex and Suspicious Parents. Prior to this Seneviratne was Series Editor on Channel 4’s Secret Life of a 4 Year Old and Channel 5’s Blingin Up Baby.
Louw said: “For years Channel 5 has been the channel that best understands me both as a viewer and a producer. At Vice Studios, Ben and the team allowed me to develop some of the most exciting projects of my career. To help others do the same is, at the risk of sounding clichéd, a dream.”
Morey said: “Channel 5 have had an incredible few years and the chance to join Ben and the team at such an exciting time is absolutely thrilling.”
Seneviratne said: “I feel really happy to be part of the team here – it feels like home.”
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