Written By: Matthew Campelli 29/06/15
Seven television executives from diverse backgrounds will gain commissioning experience with five major broadcasters after being selected for the Creative Diversity Network commissioner development scheme.
The 12-month programme, which aims to boost diversity at commissioner level, was revealed last November.
Former Nine Lives Media head of development Asif Hasan will join the BBC factual team.
In 2013 he won his first BBC1 commission with Pound Shop Wars, and was previously a researcher for ITV daytime staple This Morning.
Satmohan Panesar will take up his role with ITV’s factual commissioning team after a stint as development producer for Twofour Group indie Boomerang.
Panesar also worked at Betty, where he developed the second Baker Brothers series and Discovery’s Sex Hospital. At Silver River he worked on documentaries including The Town That Didn’t Retire and We Pay Your Benefits.
Channel 4 will take on the biggest intake with three chosen candidates.
Nasfim Haque will be placed within the broadcaster’s factual commissioning team after completing a PhD.
She started out with BBC Wales as a production trainee in 2002 before directing her first film for BBC3’s Fresh scheme. More recently she has worked in development and production with Love Productions, Twofour, Century Films and Dragonfly.
C4 has also opened up positions in its sport and drama departments.
The latter will be taken up by Manpreet Dosanjh , a current ITV Studios script executive on Vera. She will join C4 in September.
The sport commissioner role has been handed to Andy Stevenson, who has credits in BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Sport Relief 2014, The Clare Balding Show and the Paralympic edition of Strictly Come Dancing.
Channel 5 has selected Ninder Billing, the former CBBC factual entertainment and factual executive producer, to work within its factual commissioning team, while Broadcast Hot Shot Marvyn Benoit will shadow Sky’s factual commissioners.
Benoit has credits on The Undateables, Toughest Place to be a… and Grayson Perry’s Who Are You?
The 12-month initiative will also include an executive development programme of masterclasses, workshops and networking events oveseeen by Creative Skillset’s TV Skills Fund and delivered by consultancy ThinkBigger.
Amanda Ariss, who joined the CDN as its executive director in April, said: “Getting more diversity within commissioning is a vital step towards greater diversity of output in every genre.”
Creative Skillset chief executive Dinah Caine added: “This is a great opportunity to find fresh new leadership in television commissioning who can wield real influence in the industry going forward.”