Speaker Emma Westcott

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Emma Westcott

Commissioning Editor, Factual & Features

Channel 5

Emma has been part of a small but dedicated multi genre commissioning team since 2013. She commissions across current affairs and specialist factual to broad in appeal returning series to ground-breaking documentaries to deliver hits to help Channel 5 and its portfolio of channels consistently punch above
their weight.

Recent successful series on Emma’s slate include: Dogs Behaving Badly, Toddlers Behaving (very) Badly, Ten Years Younger in 10 days, GPs: Behind Closed Doors, Grime and Punishment and A Country Life For Half The Price, Walking Lost Railways and Thirties in Colour: Countdown to War. Also channel defining documentaries such as Violent Child, Desperate Parents. Alcohol and Me and Miscarriage: Our Story and the 1000 years of global history strand.

Before joining Channel 5 she was Director of Commissioning at The Lifestyle Channels in Australia from 2010 to 2012. There Emma developed and managed key local productions as well as translating a number of UK formats into hit local productions such as: Location Location Australia; Grand Designs Australia, Wifeswap Australia, Come Dine with Me Australia and Trinny and Susannah’s Australian Makeover Mission.

Prior to that she worked as Channel 4 Commissioning Editor for Features, responsible for channel defining shows including: Location, Location; Property Ladder; No Going Back; You Are What You Eat and Ten Years Younger as well as managing key brands such as Grand Designs and Supernanny.

Emma has also worked in senior roles at the BBC and ITV as well as an executive producer in the independent sector, creating producing content for all major UK broadcasters.

Speaking on: Speed Meetings - Channel 5, Quebecor, TVO

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