Channel 4 Creative Hub opens in Bristol

The new offices in the city centre will help to create more jobs

Channel 4 has opened a new Creative Hub in Finzels Reach next to the Floating Harbour.

Bristol was selected to be one of two Creative Hubs from more than 30 cities across the UK which pitched to become a new base for the national broadcaster.

The new Hub in Bristol will be home to key creative decision-makers and is part of Channel 4’s 4 All the UK strategy to attract and develop talent from across the UK.

The Bristol Channel 4 team will be led by award-winning film-maker and executive producer Sacha Mirzoeff, who will be the new factual commissioning editor and head of hub.

Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon said: “Bristol gives Channel 4 an amazing opportunity to tap into the talent and rich and diverse culture that exists in the south-west and Wales. By having our people in communities across the UK we’ll be able to better represent the UK, and I believe we will become more creative, distinctive and relevant as a result.”

Mahon also said: “There are great opportunities for our commissioners to grow the world-class specialist factual community here in Bristol and Cardiff’s thriving drama scene and indie sector on the doorstep.”

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees said: “Bristol is an ideal partner for Channel 4, as a thriving, diverse and innovative city. It’s also a hotbed of creative talent which is developed and sustained by a wealth of industry partners and experts, many of whom supported our bid for the hub.”

The broadcaster’s 4 All the UK strategy will support the significant increase in the organisation’s nations and regions spend on creative content. The spend will increase from 35% to 50% of main channel UK commissions by 2023, worth up to £250m more in total.

When fully implemented, the 4 All the UK strategy will result in 300 jobs being created in the nations and regions.

West of England mayor Tim Bowles said: “Welcoming Channel 4 to the West of England’s thriving creative cluster marks our region out as not just a national, but a global centre of excellence for the creative arts.”

A total of three new centres are being opened across the UK – a national HQ in Leeds and Creative Hubs in Bristol and Glasgow.

Bristol’s new hub has been opened in an old brewery building, the recently renovated Fermentation Building at Finzels Reach, that has just been sold off for millions of pounds.

Also in the building is popular restaurant Bocabar on the ground floor and wine shop Le Vignoble.

The sale marks one of the final elements of phase one of Finzels Reach, which is now in the shared ownership of a collection of institutional and private investors.

New head of hub Sacha Mirzoeff specialises in both social issue and natural history documentaries, and has looked after the documentary output of BBC Bristol for the past four years.

He has won over 15 international awards including a Grierson Award for best documentary series and a Royal Television Society award for best director.

Image: Paul Groom Photography

Caitlin Bowring

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