Fatima Salaria is to take up the reins as head of Naked, leaving Channel 4 after just over 18 months.

Head of specialist factual Salaria will become managing director of the Fremantle label in September.

Salaria is understood to have a good relationship with Naked chief operating officer Susie Dark and creative director Tom O’Brien who stepped up to take day-to-day responsibility for running the label following Andreae’s promotion in February.

She will take charge of a slate which includes forthcoming BBC1 South Korean format I Can See Your Voice, with sister label Thames and BBC3’s Bafta-nominated The Rap Game UK. It was also responsible for ITV’s Harry Redkapp’s Sandbank Summer and Manson: The Lost Tapes, C4’s Indian Summer School and Channel 5’s 100% Hotter. Also on the slate is forthcoming C4 three-parter Ghost, which follows the journey of six terminally ill people. That was commissioned by Salaria’s specialist factual unit back in January 2019.

Salaria joined C4 early in 2019 from the BBC where she rose to become religious and ethics commissioner.

Most recently at C4 she was responsible for its strand of short-form films from black British filmmakers, commissioned in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Other projects include All 4’s Ramadan in Lockdown shorts (Clockwork Films), Alaska TV’s ambitious forthcoming doc series In The Footsteps Killers (working title) and Rogan Productions’ Putin: A Russian Spy Story.

Salaria said that she enjoyed her time collaborating with “so many brilliant creatives” at C4, including head of factual Danny Horan and a number of indies.

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