Kelly Webb-Lamb, Channel 4’s deputy director of applications and head of standard factual, is leaving the British broadcaster after 5 years.
A senior determine within the UK trade, Webb-Lamb stated it was time for “new adventures” after working hand-in-glove with Channel 4’s content material chief Ian Katz for the previous three years of her tenure, overseeing reveals together with The Great British Bake Off, Gogglebox, and The Circle.
Channel 4 stated she leaves this summer time with the broadcaster in good well being, having helped the principle community enhance its share of viewing 3% final yr. Streaming on All 4 additionally grew 31% in 2020, as folks watched extra on-line throughout the pandemic.
Her departure comes at a time of structural change at Channel 4, nonetheless. The firm goes to considerably enhance the emphasis on All 4 over the approaching years, reshaping its commissioning technique to prioritize the streaming service over linear channels. The hope is that this can assist double Channel 4’s digital gross sales to make up 30% of its £1 billion ($1.4B) in whole revenues.
Channel 4 didn’t say whether or not Webb-Lamb will likely be changed, that means her position might be retired as a part of the broader overhaul. Katz will decide as soon as Webb-Lamb leaves within the coming months.
Webb-Lamb stated: “Channel 4 is a really particular place; fairly presumably probably the most particular place within the trade. There’s nowhere I’ve labored the place your staff-pass says freedom, creativity and danger fairly as loudly. It is subsequently very onerous to depart. But after 5 years and a complete load of change, the channel is now in a extremely sturdy place creatively, and I’m tremendous pleased with what we have achieved.
“So it is a good time for me to take the leap and say goodbye – new adventures are beckoning. I’ll miss my colleagues painfully a lot – despite the fact that I have never seen most of them in particular person for nearly a yr – they’re one of the best commissioning staff you might ever hope for. But I’ll be round for a very good whereas but. On Zoom, not less than…”
Katz added: “Kelly has performed an enormous half in shaping Channel 4 over the past 5 years and been a sensible, beneficiant and creatively inspiring accomplice for the final three. She is without doubt one of the most formidable folks I’ve ever labored with, as mischievous as she is ferociously intelligent and keen about what Channel 4 can and needs to be. She has a exceptional skill to make any show higher, regardless of the style.”
Webb-Lamb, who joined Channel 4 from Banijay-owed Shine TV, is the second senior commissioner to depart the broadcaster because the flip of the yr. Sean Doyle, deputy head of options and codecs, is heading to Disney+ to change into its point-person for unscripted producers in Europe and Africa.