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Channel 4 appoints deputy head of factual and commissioning editor to factual commissioning team

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By The Drum Team | Editorial

February 16, 2012 | 2 min read

Channel 4 has today announced two appointments to its factual commissioning team: Nick Mirsky as deputy head of factual and Lina Prestwood as commissioning editor.

Documentary maker Mirsky has previously worked on a number of single documentaries and documentary series for BBC One, BBC Four and BBC Three.

He said: "It is not easy for me to leave the BBC, but this is a unique opportunity to work with the team responsible for much of our most exciting television about contemporary Britain. I have sat and admired so many Channel 4 series from afar and I am now really looking forward to being part of the team that commissions them."

Prestwood joins from Current TV, where she held the role of director of content and had responsibility for single-handedly commissioning and delivering all UK prime-time series and singles.

She said: "I am thrilled to be joining the factual team at what is a very exciting time for Channel 4; mischief, innovation and nurturing new talent have always been part of my DNA as a programmer and I am delighted to be joining a broadcaster that exudes these values."

Ralph Lee, head of factual, said: "Nick is a gifted and vastly experienced executive producer who has a knack for getting to the heart of stories and is renowned throughout the industry. He is not afraid to take risks with formats or talent and is the creative powerhouse behind some of the most exciting documentaries on the BBC.

"Lina has a natural eye for emerging issues and stories and has already demonstrated a willingness to be experimental, creative and risk-taking in her commissions for Current TV. I've also been struck by her innovations in cross-platform ideas and the pitching process. Together, these appointments will complement the strengths of our existing team to create further fresh and impactful content."

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