Jun 15 , 2020

Lunch with a Commissioner: Alf Lawrie, Head of Factual Entertainment, Channel 4

  • When: 15th Jun 2020, 13:00-14:00
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

Grab your homemade sandwich of choice and get ready to dine with a different commissioner every day. At 1pm from Monday to Friday, participants will be able to join a commissioner and listen to their insights as well as ask questions at the end of the hour.

These are great sessions for our freelance community who don’t normally get the opportunity to chat to commissioners. So, if you’re a head honcho who normally has all the commissioners on speed-dial this session isn’t for you! Please keep this in mind when booking. Thanks for your support and understanding.


Alf Lawrie is the Head of Factual Entertainment at Channel 4. His department makes a vast range of programming, from highly constructed formats such as Celebrity Hunted, Gogglebox, Married At First Sight and The British Tribe Next Door to the reality show, The Circle; from immersive presenter-led journeys such as 60 Days On The Streets and Kathy Burke’s All Woman, to social experiments like Smuggled; and finally, popular returning series and one-off ob-docs such Grand Designs and The Mum Who Got Tourette’s.

Prior to joining Channel 4, Alf was an exec across fact ent and docs at Shine TV.

The Chair of the session is Tim Whitwell, Creative Director at Shine TV.

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact support@screenskills.com so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.