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Former Channel 4 executive Kelly Webb-Lamb has set up an unscripted indie with ambitions for global formats and “ideas of scale”.

Webb-Lamb, who left C4 in late November after five years with the broadcaster, has unveiled Mothership Productions, declaring: “After 25 years in the industry on both sides of the pitching/buying table, it felt like it was time to take the leap and have a go at doing it for myself.

She has already appointed three further female creatives, including two former C4 staffers.

Director of programmes Gilly Greenslade, joins straight from C4, where she was commissioning editor in factual entertainment, clocking up credits including The Circle, Five Guys a Week and The Undateables.

Creative director Charlotte Desai, a former C4 commissioning editor, joins from Five Mile Films, where she created the broadcaster’s returning format The Dog House as well as The Simpler Life and The Dog Academy.

Head of production Gudren Claire has previously held the same role at Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions and then Jamie Oliver Productions and has also worked with Five Mile Films.

“I can’t honestly believe I’ve managed to persuade such a brilliant group of women to come along for the ride with me,” said Webb-Lamb. “We are super ambitious — and intend to make some properly great, entertaining, warm and witty programmes — and have a lot of fun.”

At C4, Webb-Lamb was deputy director of programmes and head of popular factual and was a key driver of 2021’s Black to Front project, nurturing diverse talent such as Mo Gilligan and Yinka Bokinni.

The former Shine TV managing director also oversaw C4 fixtures such as Hunted, Gogglebox, Naked Attraction, The Great British Bake Off and The Island with Bear Grylls.

Mothership has several projects in advanced development and the team is currently pitching to broadcasters and SVoDs.

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