I can destroy you and Sally4Ever Producer Various Artists Limited (VAL) has hired Channel 4 editor Jack Bayles as head of comedy.
Bayles will take up his post from August and will be based in London and Brighton. He will be responsible for overseeing VAL’s comedy slate and developing new projects. VAL said the executive, who has 20 years of comedy experience, will provide “creative leadership and artistic vision for the role.”
The company was founded in 2017 by Sam Bain, its writing partner and Succession creator Jesse Armstrong and a pair of former Channel 4 commissioners, Phil Clarke and Roberto Troni. Bayles will report to Clarke.
Tanya Qureshi was VAL’s former head of comedy until March 2021, but left to join the BBC.
Prior to VAL, Bayles produced the Channel 4 and Amazon comedy Disaster with Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney, and in 2017 was named editor of the broadcaster, which is currently looking for its own head of comedy, Fiona McDermott outgoing for AppleTV+.
Bayles was responsible for the BAFTA-winning three seasons Stath rents apartmentstwo seasons of Derry Girlstwo seasons of Aisling Bea This way untilwith Michell & Webb’s Return, The Curse, Hullraisers and the highly anticipated comedy horror puppet show Don’t hug me I’m scaredwhich finally bows out on Channel 4 this year after debuting as a web series 11 years ago.
Besides the famous series Michaela Coel from BBC3 I can destroy youVAL is also behind the E4 comedy dead pixels and Sky and HBO comedy Sally4Eva.
Jack Bayles, Head of Comedy Various Artists Limited said: “Channel 4 comedy is a vital and valuable voice in British comedy, and I loved my time there. The VAL team has a wonderful philosophy and have excelled with their productions so far. I am delighted to join them at such an exciting time.
Phil Clarke, Managing Director Various Artists Limited added: “I am delighted to have Jack join us as Head of Comedy after an illustrious career as both an award-winning producer and comedy curator. He is a fantastic addition to the creative team and we look forward to the future.