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Commissioner Development Programme Update

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Commissioning executives on the CDN and Creative Skillset-sponsored Commissioner Development Programme are firmly ensconced in their roles at the broadcasters with commissions coming through the pipeline.

Manpreet Dosanjh who joined Channel 4’s Drama Team as Commissioning Executive in September 2015 has now been appointed as the new Commissioning Editor on Hollyoaks. Manpreet takes up her new post this month. She has a solid background in serial television having worked as a script editor on Eastenders as well as ITV’s Vera.

Over at Channel 5, Ninder Billing is now responsible for about 20 hours of output a week including the two-hour daily programme The Wright Stuff and the weekly The Saturday Show. She currently has prime time factual series transmitting that are achieving some of the highest ratings on the channel in their week of transmission.She is also responsible for Channel 5’s news output while a colleague is on maternity leave.

Nasfim Haque has concentrated on developing new ideas and talent at Channel 4’s Factual department, commissioning several single films for the new directors’ strand First Cut. She is currently overseeing films involving teen homelessness, race and a look at the older generation in love. She is also involved in 9pm series such as How to Get a Council House and the flagship 24 Hours in A & E.

Also at Channel 4, Andy Stevenson is finding the Paralympic Broadcaster is having a busy year. Andy is leading on the new Paralympic weekly magazine programme The Superhumans Show as well as looking after the talent team (including some new faces) for the upcoming Rio Games. In addition he is commissioning some Paralympic shorts, sponsored by Allianz. When he is not concentrating on the Paralympics, Andy is making time for the Cheltenham Festival, the Channel’s new coverage for Formula One and Crufts.

Over the Christmas period, Satmohan Panesar looked after an ITV2 Commission from Angela Jain, indie Hungry Bear’s first factual commission, FHM: The Last of the Lads Mags. At the BBC, Asif Hasan has executive produced a BBC3 series, a BBC1 documentary as well as five one-hour documentaries for BBC3. He has also worked with the Watchdog and Crimewatch teams and is currently exec’ing a BBC2 food series and Anne Robinson’s new documentary series for BBC1.

At Sky, Marvyn Benoit has made himself a solid member of the non-scripted team, contributing to the existing factual slate as well as Exec producing for Sky on a broad range of titles from Stop Search Seize, The Force, Thronecast, DC Fancast, Bring The Noise: The Green Room, The South Bank Show Originals and more recently, the new Andre Rieu series for Sky Arts.

“The CDN’s Commissioner Development Programme has opened  the door for talent to flourish,” said Tanya Mukherjee, CDN’s Executive Manager.  “Commissioners make the decisions that shape the stories television audiences see very day.  All the broadcasters have embraced the initiative, recognising that more diversity within commissioning is a vital step towards greater diversity of output in every genre.  This is evident in the achievements of the commissioners to date.”