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Channel 4 creates deputy doc chief role

Channel 4 in the UK has upped Amy Flanagan to deputy head of documentaries.

Amy_FlanaganFlanagan will report to the head of docs Nick Mirsky in the newly created role at the commercial pubcaster.

Channel 4 said the appointment comes as it seeks to expand the scale and range of its factual output with documentary among the most important genres for the broadcaster.

Mirsky said: “[Amy] has already proven herself an enormously successful and talented commissioner. Now, as well as continuing to commission some of the Channel’s most important output, she will also be taking a more strategic role in the Department and the long-term future of our output.”

Flanagan joined Channel 4 in January this year as a commissioner and was behind the successful 24 Hours in Police Custody and Royal Marines Commando School. Prior to Channel 4, she was a producer and her credits include 24 Hours in A&E and Bedlam.

Separately, Channel 4 has commissioned The Deal Makers (WT), a spin-off of the Posh Pawn format, which is produced by Cardiff-based prodco Boomerang. The same producer will make the new show, a 20x60mins daytime show about a selection of colourful pawnbrokers in the UK.

David Sayer, Channel 4 commissioning editor, said: “Following on from the massive success of Posh Pawn in peak time, The Deal Makers will introduce a whole new audience to the weird and wonderful world of pawn brokers.”