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Dragonfly captures C4 exec for N&R hub | News | Broadcast

Will Rowson, Channel 4’s first docs commissioner to be based outside of London, is leaving to head up Dragonfly North.

Rowson will join the Manchester arm of the Banijay-owned factual indie in November as creative director, building on titles like BBC1’s Ambulance - which Dragonfly moved to its northern base in 2021 and established talent development schemes - and BBC2’s upcoming Inside the Moulin Rouge.

Having been based in C4’s Leeds hub since it was opened in 2019, Rowson has greenlit shows such as Blast Films!’ George Michael: Outed and Night Coppers and True North’s Top Guns: Inside the RAF, which is currently on air.

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Top Guns: Inside the RAF

Rowson has previously worked for indies such as Candour Productions, True North, True Vision, Blast! Films, Twofour and Love Productions. 

Banijay UK facilitated his appointment through its £50m growth fund and Dragonfly managing director Richard Bond said Rowson’s “inspirational leadership” would help boost the northern office as “a centre of documentary excellence”.


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