RED's creative director appointed head of drama at Channel 4

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by David Prior

Caroline Hollick, RED Production Company's creative director, has been appointed head of drama at Channel 4.

Hollick replaces Beth Willis, who is leaving the channel after six years to join production company The Forge as partner.

Hollick has been creative director at Manchester-based RED since 2013, overseeing ratings and critical successes including Happy Valley, Cucumber, Prey and Trust Me.

She was executive producer of Lenny’s Henry’s first original drama commission Danny and the Human Zoo and this year executive produced ITV's Butterfly, written by Tony Marchant and starring Anna Friel.

She was previously head of development at RED for seven years having joined the company in 2002 to script edit Clocking Off. Hollick began her career as a production trainee at Yorkshire Television working on Heartbeat, Emmerdale and At Home With the Braithwaites.

Ian Katz, Channel 4's head of programmes, said: “Caroline has a hugely exciting vision for Channel 4 drama and a formidable record working with - and often discovering - some of the best TV writers in the country.

"I’m confident she will make Channel 4 the most writer-friendly broadcaster and build on Channel 4’s reputation as the place to find truly original drama with something to say.”

Hollick added: “I’ve had an amazing time at RED, the home of so many ground-breaking dramas, working with the most incredible colleagues. But I’m thrilled to have been offered this opportunity to join a channel synonymous with diversity, risk-taking and innovation.”

She will work between London, where Channel 4’s drama team are based, and the Nations & Regions.