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Sky has hired factual commissioners from the BBC and Channel 4 as it expands its unscripted commissioning team.

Hayley Reynolds, a former Minnow Films producer who has recently worked for the BBC’s Storyville strand, joins as a commissioning editor, while C4 documentaries assistant editor Janine Thomas takes on an assistant commissioning editor role.

The pair will order factual shows for Sky Documentaries, Sky Nature and Sky Crime.

Joining in March, they will both report to director of documentaries and factual commissioning Poppy Dixon, one of a team of Sky commissioners tasked with growing original commissions by 50% this year.

In three years on Storyville, Reynolds has worked on films including The Mole: Infiltrating North Korea and Misha and the Wolves. She was previously at Minnow Films for five years.

Thomas worked on long-running C4 series Secret Life of the Zoo and 24 Hours in A&E and Black History month shows including the five-part short-form series Take Your Knee Off My Neck and Gal-dem Presents: Black British History.

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