Alex Mahon
Nicky Johnston
United Kingdom

Channel 4



The first woman to head the advertising-funded British pubcaster, Mahon is pressing ahead with Channel 4’s edgy programming, defending the topical entertainment of such shows as Gobstopper TV’s three-part doc “Generation Porn.” Citing the stellar results of “The Great British Bake Off,” she champions unscripted TV as a way to stay relevant, while continuing to produce high-end comedies including “This Way Up” and dramas such as “Adult Material.” Cinematic powerhouse Film4 also reports to Mahon, the former chief of Shine. One of her biggest current challenges is the relocation of Channel 4’s headquarters from London to Leeds in northern England as part of a drive to spread the country’s creative wealth farther afield, despite it meaning a loss of some 270 out of its 800 employees.


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


  • Imperial College London (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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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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