Jun 23 , 2020

Lunch with a Commissioner: Ian Dunkley, Commissioning Editor Factual Entertainment, Channel 4

  • When: 23 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.


Ian Dunkley has worked as both a commissioner and an executive producer across a range of factual entertainment and factual programming. He began his career as a freelance producer with Mentorn and went on to series produce Eurotrash at Rapido TV for Channel 4. He previously worked as a commissioning editor at Channel 5 where he oversaw some of the broadcaster’s most successful returning brands including The Hotel Inspector, Cowboy Builders and The Gadget Show. Since joining Channel 4 Ian has looked after numerous successful one-off documentaries and series, from A Very British Brothel to Inside Cadbury and Child Genius to 999 : What’s Your Emergency?. For the Factual Entertainment department he currently oversees Gogglebox, Grand Designs, Hunted, The Island with Bear Grylls and Travel Man.

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.