Film4 names Sam Lavender development head

Replaces Katherine Butler, now senior commissioning exec

LONDON -- FIlm4, Channel 4's standalone filmmaking arm, has promoted development executive Sam Lavender to head the department.

Lavender replaces Katherine Butler who was recently boosted from development chief to senior commissioning executive at Film4.

Lavender will work closely with Film4 and Channel 4 drama chief Tessa Ross and Butler "to ensure the current slate of film projects moves forward into production," Film4 said.

He will also work with directors, writers and producers to source feature projects for the Film4 slate.