Alex Mahon
Nicky Johnston
United Kingdom

Channel 4



The first woman to head the British advertising-funded pubcaster Channel 4, former Shine chief Mahon is reaching out to younger audiences, fostering a talent-friendly and inclusive culture to keep Channel 4 edgy and successful on digital platforms. She is pressing for legislation to ensure that smart TVs and online video services give prominent play to the U.K.’s public-service broadcasters. Citing the massive results of “The Great British Bake Off,” which Channel 4 poached from the BBC, Mahon is championing the reinvention of unscripted TV as a way to stay 
relevant, while continuing to produce high-end dramas such as “The Light,” which comes from BAFTA- and Tony-winning writer Jack Thorne and is being co-financed with Hulu.


  • Channel 4
  • Shine Group (DEFUNCT)
  • Foundry Films


  • Imperial College London (UK)

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Former Shine CEO Alex Mahon Named Boss of U.K.'s Channel 4

Former Shine CEO Alex Mahon Named Boss of U.K.'s Channel 4

Britain's Channel 4 has named former Shine boss Alex Mahon as its new chief executive, to start in the fall. Currently head of special-effects company The Foundry, Mahon will replace David Abraham, who announced his departure from the commercial broadcaster earlier this year.Mahon will be the first female chief executive in Channel 4's 35-year history.Charles Gurassa, Channel 4’s chairman, described Mahon as "an outstanding leader and a highly experienced CEO who has developed and grown major international businesses in both...


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