Stephen Arnell

Editorial Consulant

With over 20 years in broadcasting, Stephen has a wealth of experience in senior roles including Channel Director (ITV3/ITV4), Head of Strategy (ITV) and most recently as a consultant for various broadcasters (covering UK, EMEA and R.O.W.) covering channel & SVoD launches (US, UK, Europe and Middle East), audience research, strategic/scheduling/planning analysis, acquisitions – film, series and factual, and commissioning advice.

Clients include ITV Pay,  Viacom, ITN Consulting, Discovery, ITN, MBC Action and AMC. As Head of Strategy & Research for ITV digital channels, Stephen was instrumental in the transformation of ITV2 into the top rating non-terrestrial channel in the UK. The channel was aimed at the young 16-34 audience, with a strategy built on innovative programming (including the first brand extensions from the main ITV shows such as POP IDOL), smart acquisitions (VAMPIRE DIARIES, ENTOURAGE) and successful commissions (CELEBRITY JUICE, THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX etc).

From this role, he progressed to devise, launch and manage two other highly successful ITV digital channels – ITV3 (older skewing and upmarket) and ITV4 (Men). Prior to ITV Stephen held various roles in strategy and research at the BBC and various TV advertising agencies.

As a consultant Stephen has recently advised regional agencies on channel proposals for the Middle East and for Viacom on specific territory channel launches. He has executive produced various shows including THE FRANK SINATRA STORY (Channel 5 2015), MERCENARIES (Discovery, 2013) and AT HOME WITH THE NOONANS (CI, 2012).

He’s also a regular contributor to Broadcast magazine, The Independent, C21, Drama Quarterly and The Stage.

Stephen is currently consulting for AETN.