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Channel 4 has tasked E4’s first dedicated commissioning editor in years with finding ‘large-scale’ unscripted shows for the youth channel.

Mel Bezalel is joining the broadcaster from RDF Television, where she spent seven years, rising to director of development.

She entered TV via the C4 production trainee scheme and will join the broadcaster in August with a brief to supercharge development strategy and drive All 4’s growth by finding shows with impact for 16-34 year-olds across the platforms.

E4 content is overseen by head of youth and digital Karl Warner, who was promoted to the role in January, having previously been E4 controller. Typically, C4’s genre commissioners have worked up ideas for the youth channel but Bezalel’s focus will primarily be for this audience.

At RDF, Bezalel oversaw shows such as Channel 4 format Lodgers for Codgers, ITV’s 100 Year Old Driving School and BBC3’s Being Black, Going Crazy. She previously worked as a freelancer on shows such as Dave’s documentary spoof Hoff the Record (Me+You Productions) and Channel 5’s GPs: Behind Closed Doors (Knickerbockerglory).

She is also a ScreenSkills mentor and a Women in Film & TV mentee.

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