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Blink Industries’ Charlie Perkins to take over head of comedy role at Channel 4

UK public broadcaster Channel 4 has poached Charlie Perkins from local indie Blink Industries as its new head of comedy.

Charlie Perkins (photo: Frank Burke)

Perkins joins later this year and will report to chief content officer Ian Katz and manage a team comprising newly promoted commissioning editor Laura Riseam and commissioning executive Joe Hullait.

Perkins will also oversee the appointment of a new senior commissioning editor.

While at Blink, Perkins produced comedy series Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared, which will air on C4 later this year. Her other credits include Netflix 2D animated series Dead End: Paranormal Park, E4 shortform animated format Blind Love on a First Date Island; and C4 Blap Sam Campbell: Get Real Dude.

She began her career working on shows such as Little Britain, French & Saunders, Benidorm and Mock the Week, before moving on to work at alternative comedy venue The Invisible Dot, BBC Radio Comedy and Cave Bear Productions.

In 2009, Perkins founded the Bristol Revunions and in 2013, she founded The Paddock comedy collective. She is also one of the founders of the Live Comedy Association and founder of the Free-Free Movement.

Perkins’s predecessor, Fiona McDermott, earlier this year announced she was leaving for Apple TV+.

“Channel 4 comedy has always been about betting on brilliant and iconoclastic new talent and Charlie is squarely in that tradition,” said Katz.

“She has an unerring ear for funny, has nurtured and collaborated with some of Britain’s most exciting and distinctive comedy talent and had an ambitious and original vision for the future of Channel 4 comedy.

“With a succession of wonderful shows from Derry Girls to We are Lady Parts and Big Boys, Fiona McDermott has delivered a purple patch for Channel 4 comedy and, along with Laura and Joe, I’m convinced that Charlie will continue that success.”

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