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5 Charlotte Moore


Head of documentaries, BBC


Having started her career making films in far-flung parts of the world, it’s no surprise that Char- lotte Moore is unashamedly pas- sionate about her role as head of BBC documentaries. Her love of hard-hitting films and series about more everyday matters has resulted in some of the BBC’s greatest docs – from Terry Pratchett: Choosing To Die, Protecting Our Children and Poor Kids to The Tube and The Choir. Moore is credited with being the driving force behind the con- sistently high output, arguably more so than her fellow commis- sioners working in other genres. Film-makers say her willingness to work with them makes her stand out, as well as her dedication to getting the programme made.


many of them in the ‘blue collar’ settings BBC1 and ITV have identified. Lumsden is commis- sioning with confidence, green- lighting 26 more episodes of Trollied and ordering more A Touch Of Cloth and Moone Boy before they even air. She vows to get at least 10 comedies onto Sky 1 in the next year, with ambitions for a sketch show and moves afoot for originals on Sky Living.


Dead Boss 7 Zai Bennett Controller, BBC3 6 Lucy Lumsden Head of comedy, Sky


At Edinburgh last year, Broadcast reported that comedy was becom- ing the new battleground thanks to Sky’s all-guns-blazing assault. A year on, every single one of its comedies has been recommis- sioned, with Stella one of its big- gest-ever hits. It means Sky is now commissioning more than Channel 4 and is closing in on the BBC. Comedy boss Lucy Lumsden is cherry-picking the biggest names for Sky Atlantic’s passion projects and Sky 1’s warmer, mainstream comedies,


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Fears that the commissioner behind TOWIE could plunge BBC3 into a new ‘dumbing down’ row have proved unfounded as the former ITV2 controller has sensi- bly maintained the youth chan- nel’s balance between fun and serious. His vision for the channel is now taking shape, with critically acclaimed comedy Dead Boss and stand-up showcase Live At The Electric alongside a mental health season, Free Speech – a monthly version of Young Voters’ Question Time – and a look at the ‘real Shameless’. He’s also determined to reach the BBC3 audience online with seven comedies, under the Feed My Funny banner, ordered in a bid to find the next big hit.


bold: he’s after global mega- series with the scale and ambition to rival factual programming anywhere in the world. The crea- tive director and head of produc- tion and development has been on a charm offensive with the UK indie sector, placing orders with the likes of Nutopia and Objective Productions, and making the most of strong relationships he built at Channel 4. Bellamy is responsible for all Discovery pro- gramming outside of the US, from Brazil to Sydney by way of Warsaw, and a key part of that is the burgeoning TLC network, which is likely to launch in the UK towards the end of the year. Bellamy is in pole position to use its lifestyle and entertainment sensibilities to expand Discovery beyond its factual heartland.


mission to break down snobbery about the channel and to keep a team that has been in flux upbeat about what they can achieve. Ford has helped C5 make Big Brother its own thanks to links to talent from within Desmond’s media empire. He has pointed to shows such as Royal Marines: Mission Afghanistan and Cowboy Builders as the envy of any terres- trial channel, and his keen eye for an acquisition bagged C5 a hit in the shape of Once Upon A Time. His task now is to make the fledgling in-house C5 Prod- uctions into a viable supplier of shows that sit alongside his bur- geoning indie slate.


10 Emma Tennant Controller, UKTV 8 Julian Bellamy


Creative director and head of production and development, DNI


Julian Bellamy’s plans for Discov- ery Networks International are


9 Jeff Ford Controller, Channel 5


The key link between the pre- Desmond era of Channel 5 and today, Jeff Ford has been on a


The former ITV controller of digital has been instrumental in overseeing UKTV’s creative renewal and was handed a 20% content spend boost. While Sky makes the headlines for comedy commissions,


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