Channel 4 has promoted long-time Acquisitions Manager Nick Lee to serve in the newly created position of Head of Series Acquisitions. He will report to Channel 4’s Director of Commercial Affairs Martin Baker
In his new role, Lee will be responsible for the creation and roll out, deal terms and delivery of the strategy for all acquired series, scripted and non-scripted, across Channel 4’s portfolio of linear and non-linear channels. Working closely with the commissioning teams across the channel, Lee will also play a key role in any pre-production acquisitions and co-production opportunities alongside the relevant Head of Commissioning.
Nick Lee joined Channel 4 in 2013 from NBCUniversal, where he served as Acquisitions Manager for TV Series, Feature Documentaries and Special Interest. His appointment as Head of Series Acquisitions marks the first time in more than five years that acquisitions has had a dedicated head of department. When C4’s last Head of Acquisitions Gill Hay exited in 2013, the team was moved under Director of Commercial Affairs Martin Baker, with editorial decisions on buys being made by then Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt and the channel management teams.
“The opportunity to build further on Channel 4’s reputation for bringing the best and most fitting of the global TV market to UK audiences is a really gratifying prospect”, Nick Lee said in a statement. “Our acquisitions strategy, across the channel portfolio and All 4, is evolving just as the supply lines in the industry are evolving and the scope afforded by this role in terms of co-production deals, pre-buys, licensing opportunities and partnerships is incredibly exciting.”
While Martin Baker, Channel 4’s Director of Commercial Affairs, added: “Acquisitions are an integral part of the content strategy across our portfolio of channels and, increasingly, All 4. I’m thrilled that Nick, with his astute buyer’s eye, shrewd commercial sensibilities and great relationships with suppliers, will be stepping into this vital role.”