Welcome to Commissioning

Welcome to 4Commissioning. This website outlines what you need to know about working with Channel 4, from how to pitch ideas, to who's who within the genre teams, to the nuts and bolts of production and delivery.

UPDATE 11/10/21 – Access Services

Following intensive engineering work and collaboration with our partners, Channel 4 is now able to provide subtitles on our main channels for viewers on Sky, Virgin Media and Freeview as well as on All 4 and Channel4.com. Over the coming days, we will begin to increase the number of shows with subtitles. To start with, shows that will carry subtitles will include the Great British Bake Off, The Last Leg and Gogglebox as well as live television including Channel 4 News.

If a programme that you have produced has been affected by these issues, a member of the commissioning team will be in touch with you to inform you of the issues relating to your programme.

If you have any questions please check with your Commissioning Editor in the first instance, or contact us on 4Producers@channel4.co.uk.

Updates will be posted on this page. In the meantime, click here to read more about this issue.

4Producers

The 4Producers section of the website is the home for commissioning briefs. Click here to find out more about the 4Producers section, or click on '4Producers' in the menu at the top of this page to browse the individual genre briefings.

Producers Handbook

The Producers Handbook is a standalone website that contains key information about creating content for Channel 4, including Ofcom regulations, and the Channel 4 Code of Conduct for suppliers. 

Creative Contract

Please click here to read our Creative Contract which outlines our commitments to you. If you have any further questions about working with Channel 4, please contact the Head of Indie Relations, Rebecca Thompson on rthompson@channel4.co.uk.

Using This Website

To make sure that we are inclusive and accessible to all, the information in this section may be made available in a different format on request. 

If you cannot find what you are looking for, or have any other questions please contact producersupport@channel4.co.uk

Diversity

For Channel 4's Diversity Guidelines, click HERE.

Commissioning

For Information on how to submit your ideas to us, click HERE.

To find out more about funds from our Contestable Pot 2021, click HERE.

albert

Channel 4 is a member of the BAFTA albert Consortium which features 12 of the UK's largest production companies and broadcasters. Founded in 2011, the Consortium is the leading think-tank on sustainability for film and television, working to raise the profile of sustainability in the industry, championing sustainable production techniques and freely providing the tools, guidance and direction needed to reduce the impact of moving image media production on the environment.

Albert is a carbon calculator - an online tool that works out how much a TV production affects the environment. It calculates the total amount of greenhouse gasses emitted into the atmosphere as a direct result of making the programme.

Use of albert the production calculator is completely free, and production companies can learn more here: http://wearealbert.org/about