Channel 4 hopes to speed up decision-making in its factual department with a restructure that gives more power to commissioning editors.
A trio of senior commissioning editors have been given new responsibilities and direct reports, with the power to sign off on developments and a deciding vote on which projects are escalated to chief content officer Ian Katz.
Anna Miralis will oversee all shows that air at 10pm, plus All4 and E4 commissions and ‘tabloid-y’ docs, while Alisa Pomeroy will concentrate on returning series for 9pm. Madonna Benjamin will support commissioning editors on returning series, larger projects and key editorial changes.
Head of factual Danny Horan’s restructure of his department was prompted in part by former head of specialist factual Fatima Salaria’s move to Naked Entertainment, which put 16 staff under direct report to Horan.
He vowed that with the new structure, C4 can be more nimble in fast-tracking ideas as well as quicker at getting back to companies with commissions or to pass on rejected ideas.
Elsewhere, C4 has called time on Studio Lambert's stripped 10pm reality show The Circle after three series and a celebrity special. The format could yet resurface at Netflix, which produces a US version of the format. C4 said its decision was due to its remit "to continually look at how we reinvent and create space for new ideas".