Ralph Lee


Tom McDonald appointed director of factual for BBC Studios Production

BBC Studios Production has tapped long-time specialist factual commissioner Tom McDonald as director of factual. McDonald, who most recently served as head of natural history and specialist factual commissioning since 2016, will be responsible for the overall factual strategy and leading creative teams. He currently oversees all natural history, science, history and religion and ethics […]

BBC Studios: Attenborough’s BBC ties “won’t change” amid SVOD threat

BBC Studios execs have assured that Sir David Attenborough has a “huge and deep relationship” with the corporation that “won’t change” despite an SVOD threat on the horizon. The comments to TBI come as the veteran presenter’s future at the public broadcaster has been called into question on the back of revelations that Attenborough is […]

BBC Studios appoints C4’s Ralph Lee as content director

BBC Studios has appointed Channel 4’ s creative officer Ralph Lee as director of content. In the newly created role, Lee will have overall control of BBC Studios Production’s creative strategy in the UK. He will take up the new role, which reports to CEO Tim Davie, in October, and will sit on BBC Studios’ […]

C4’s Katz appoints Webb-Lamb as deputy in rejig

Channel 4 (C4)’s Ian Katz has appointed Kelly Webb-Lamb (pictured) to the new role of deputy director of programmes and head of popular factual, as changes to the UK broadcaster continue. Webb-Lamb’s appointment marks Katz’s first recruit since his suprise hire as director of programmes in October last year. Katz, who was a news executive […]

Betty hires Channel 4 exec after rejig

Bear Grylls: Mission Survive prodco Betty has hired Alex Menzies from UK broadcaster Channel 4 (C4) after last week’s news of a management rejig. Menzies has filled the chief creative officer post that was created when All3Media-owned Betty confirmed joint managing directors Matthew Littleford and Neil Smith were exiting, as TBI revealed at the time. […]

Norwegian format given life at Channel 4

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a local version of Norwegian format Born On following a deal with distributor DRG. Each episode of the 4x60mins series will see three disparate individuals, one a celebrity, whose only link is being born on the same day reveal how their lives have travelled in very different directions. The […]

Channel 4 ups factual chief to Jay Hunt deputy

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has promoted head of factual Ralph Lee to deputy chief creative officer, working next in line to Channel 4 boss and chief creative officer Jay Hunt. Lee takes on the role in addition to his existing head of factual duties and will deputise for Hunt on creative decision-making across all of […]

Dragonfly taps Channel 4 commissioner as creative director

Shine Group-backed Dragonfly Film and Television has hired Mark Raphael as its creative director. He is currently commissioning editor for documentaries at UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4 and will join the producer in May. Raphael takes the role vacated by Simon Dickson who has became MD of the producer last November last year. At Channel […]