Contenders are lining up to become the new acquisitions chief at Five after Jay Kandola's departure to ITV last week. Current acquisitions deputy Vanessa Brookman, who moved with Kandola from Channel 4, is the frontrunner if she doesn't follow her boss to ITV. Three executives from digital channels - Sky One's David Smith, FX's Jason Thorpe and Hallmark's Mark Lawrence - are also in the running. Kandola goes on gardening leave shortly and is not expected to join ITV until next year.
Contenders are lining up to become the new acquisitions chief at Five after Jay Kandola's departure to ITV last week. Current acquisitions deputy Vanessa Brookman, who moved with Kandola from Channel 4, is the frontrunner if she doesn't follow her boss to ITV. Three executives from digital channels - Sky One's David Smith, FX's Jason Thorpe and Hallmark's Mark Lawrence - are also in the running. Kandola goes on gardening leave shortly and is not expected to join ITV until next year.