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Channel 4 names new Film4 chief

Daniel Battsek

Daniel Battsek

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has named Daniel Battsek as the new director of its Film4 channel.

Battsek is returning to the UK from the US after completing a contract as president of Cohen Media Group, where he oversaw the acquisition and release of movies including Timbuktu and Mustang as well as the development of films including Channel 4 co-production Stoner.

He replaces David Kosse, who is stepping down to join STX Entertainment.

“Daniel Battsek’s passion for independent, filmmaker driven cinema, and experience in film production, development and distribution at the highest level in both the US and UK markets, are second to none. He’s a perfect fit for the Film4 brand. We’re thrilled to bring this talented British executive back to the UK,” said Channel 4 CEO David Abraham.

“As demonstrated by our record breaking year at both the Oscars and the BAFTAs, Daniel will inherit a Film4 business in fine creative and commercial health from David Kosse. We’re sad he couldn’t have been with us longer but he’s had an incredible impact in the time he has led the division. Both the exciting upcoming slate and the increased funding for original film we announced earlier this year are testament to the successful strategy implemented by David. I’m delighted that he will be working alongside Daniel on a smooth transition over the summer and ensuring that it is business as usual for Film4 over this period.”