Elizabeth McIntyre is exiting Discovery Networks International to become CEO and festival director of the Sheffield Doc/Fest.
She replaces Heather Croall, who resigned in order to rejoin her family in Australia. Mark Atkin has been overseeing the UK event since her departure in mid-February.
Former Wall to Wall chief Alex Graham, who’s now chairman of Sheffield Doc/Fest, made the announcement, saying: “Liz’s commitment and enthusiasm for Sheffield Doc/Fest is self-evident and extraordinary. She impressed us with her clear-eyed vision for the festival’s future and this together with her professionalism and wealth of experience as a commissioning editor at Discovery gives me huge confidence in her ability to lead Doc/Fest to even greater heights.”
McIntyre has a long-standing connection to Doc/Fest, which this year runs from June 5-10 in Sheffield.
“Doc/Fest is the beating heart of the documentary and non-fiction content business across all platforms, and it is an absolute privilege to have the opportunity now to build on its impressive UK and international success,” she said.