UKTV has appointed Emile Nawagamuwa as commissioning executive to work on the factual and factual entertainment slates of W, Yesterday, Dave and Gold.

Nawagamuwa is a series producer and Grierson-nominated director with over 15 years’ experience making documentaries and prime time factual programmes for both UK and US networks. Most recently he has produced the last two series of BBC Two’s BAFTA-nominated observational documentary Hospital, filmed in 2020-2021 during the pandemic.

He has also series produced My Brave Face for Discovery, charting the journeys of six people undergoing life-changing facial surgery, and Homestead Rescue which follows families facing life or death scenarios in the American wilderness. As a director he is responsible programmes including PhilSpencer: History of Britain in 100 Homes, Rich House, Poor House and Gibraltar: Britain in the Sun.

Nawagamuwa starts on 21 June and will report to Hilary Rosen who is the deputy director of commissioning and head of factual & factual entertainment. He will be joining the team behind Emma Willis: Delivering Babies, Big Zuu’s Big Eats, and Bangers & Cash.

Hilary Rosen said: “I’m thrilled that Emile is joining UKTV. His track record in delivering high-end documentaries, coupled with his experience in scripted comedy, makes him the perfect fit for our team as we continue to grow our slate of UKTV Originals.”

Emile Nawagamuwa said: “I’m looking forward to joining Hilary’s highly-respected team at UKTV. The creative challenge of working across such a dynamic range of programmes at one of Britain’s biggest multi-channel broadcasters is very exciting and full of endless possibilities.”


Jon Creamer

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