Britain's Film4 Hires Rose Garnett as Head of Development

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The film arm of broadcaster Channel 4 also elevates Katherine Butler to the role of deputy head of film on the eve of the Cannes film festival.

LONDON -- Film4, the standalone movie making arm of U.K. broadcaster Channel 4, has hired Rose Garnett as head of development.

Garnett lands at Film4 having most recently worked as a script editor and producer, with a resume boasting Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan and Gaby Dellal's Angels Crest as associate producer and Sky One's TV production Treasure Island as script editor.

She began her career in 1992 as the producer of ‘Talking Tongues’ Theater Company with David Farr, Rachel Weisz and Sasha Hails.

She and Farr then took over the Gate Theater in London's Notting Hill where they commissioned and worked with writers and directors including Lee Hall, Tracy Letts, Anthony Neilson, Ben Hopkins, Dominic Cook and Sarah Kane.

As head of development Garnett is tasked with managing Film4's slate of projects, replacing Sam Lavender in the role, who was recently promoted to commissioning executive.

Film4 also said it was elevating senior commissioning executive Katherine Butler to deputy head of film.

Both Garnett and Butler will report to Channel 4 controller of film and drama Tessa Ross.

Butler joined Film4 in January 2005 as head of development, where she was responsible for the development of projects including Slumdog Millionaire, Hallam Foe, Nowhere Boy, Submarine, Attack the Block and Brick Lane.

Promoted to senior commissioning executive in October 2009 Butler has since executive produced a host of low budget British films including The Selfish Giant, Clio Barnard’s second feature which has been selected for Directors’ Fortnight at this year’s Cannes and For Those in Peril, Paul Wright’s debut heading for Critics’ Week.

Ross described Garnett as both "talented and highly regarded" in the industry and congratulated Butler on her promotion which reflects "her brilliant eye for distinctive talent and bold storytelling."

The changes come as this year's Festival de Cannes and Marche du Film fast approach with the former running May 15 through 26.