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Andrew Cohen

 

Head of the Science Unit

BBC Studios

 

 

Andrew Cohen is Head of  BBC Studios' award-winning Science Unit with teams based in London and Glasgow, producing hit shows such as BBC One’s Forces of Nature, Trust Me I’m a Doctor and Horizon.

As an Executive Producer he has been responsible for a wide range of high-profile science programmes, including Secrets of the Human Body, Human Universe, Planet Dinosaur and the multi- award winning Wonders trilogy. As Editor of the Horizon strand (2005-2010) Andrew commissioned and Executive Produced over 100 films for BBC Two  and has also Executive Produced a number of science series for CBBC. He has won numerous awards including Grierson Awards, RTS, Broadcasting Press Guild,  Peabody and BANFF. He is also the co-author of five best-selling science books.

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Arron Fellows

 

Series Producer, Louis Theroux

BBC Studios

 

 

Arron has been making documentaries with Louis Theroux since 2017, starting with the BAFTA-nominated Talking To Anorexia while more recently Series Producing and Directing his Altered States series, which explored birth, love and death in Modern America.

He is currently involved in another 4 Louis Theroux programmes coming to BBC2 later this year. Before that, Arron was Series Director on BBC One’s The Met: Policing London and over the last ten years has produced and directed a number of programmes for all the major British broadcasters, including singles such as Modern Times: 24 Hour Parcel People for BBC2 and popular series such as Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and The Repo Man for Channel 4.

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Charlotte Richie

 

Actor

 

 

 

Charlotte’s television credits include: Dead Pixels (Channel 4), Doctor Who(BBC), Death In Paradise (BBC), Call the Midwife (BBC), Siblings, Series 1 & 2 (BBC), Fresh Meat, Series 1-4 (Objective Productions/Channel 4), Raised by Wolves (Big Talk Productions/Channel 4), Undercover (Baby Cow Productions), Life of Riley (BBC).  

 

Film credits include: Jolene the Indie Folk Movie (Jon Rennie Productions), The Portrait (Short  – BFI), The Open Doors (Short – Open Door Films Ltd). Theatre includes: The Philanthropist (Trafalgar Studios), Ricky Whittington & His Cat (New Diorama Theatre), One night in November (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Private Lives, (UK Tour-ATG). Radio credits include: Good Omens (BBC Radio 4), Hard to Tell, Series 1 & 2 (Tiger Aspect for BBC 4).

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Charly Clive

 

Actor

 

 

 

Charly Clive studied at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She had her first starring role on stage as Marion in Hood: the Musical at the Scranton Shakespeare Festival in the US.

She then returned to the UK to write and perform with her and Ellen Robertson’s comedy sketch duo, BRITNEY, who have had sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Vault Festival and most recently at the Battersea Arts Centre.

Charly made her film debut in the indie feature, Never Better, directed by Will McDowell. Charly was recently unveiled in Screen International’s 2018 Stars of Tomorrow, a key identifier of UK and Ireland-based talent whose alumni include Claire Foy, Florence Pugh and Richard Madden.

Charly will play the lead role of Marnie in Channel Four’s much anticipated 6 x 45’ comedy drama Pure (written by Kirsty Swain) which is her first television role – co-stars include Joe Cole and Arabella Weir. Charly and Ellen are also developing a scripted television project with Drama Republic to be script edited by Mike Bartlett.

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Chris Davies

 

Executive Vice President, Marketing and Distribution

BBC Studios

 

Chris Davies is the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Distribution for Global News, responsible for spearheading the Marketing, Audience Insights and Distribution divisions for BBC World News and BBC.com.

He is responsible for increasing global distribution reach and revenue on Global News’ TV and digital platforms as well as promotion of the brand and its platforms across all marketing functional areas. Since joining Global News, Chris has been responsible for the global rebrand of BBC World News and BBC.com, delivering the first major brand campaign in 5 years. He is also responsible for ensuring World News has been growing its distribution to record levels across TV and news content distribution through online partnerships.

Chris previously served as Sales & Marketing Director for Global News and acting Managing Director of bbc.com. He joined BBC Worldwide in November 2010, as Commercial Director, BBC.com, to lead the development of the international edition of the BBC’s award-winning website.

Chris joined the BBC from British Airways, where he was Head of Digital Marketing, overseeing the airline’s digital marketing strategy and all digital marketing channels. 

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Chris Harris

 

Presenter - Top Gear 

 

 

 

Chris Harris joined the Top Gear presenting line-up in 2016 for Series 23. He is probably best known for his popular YouTube channel, Chris Harris on Cars which he launched in 2014, and established with the help of long-time friend Neil Carey. 

Chris currently presents the online car review series Chris Harris Drives for topgear.com. Chris began his career in motoring journalism at UK-based Autocar magazine, becoming their official road-test editor.

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Chris Sussman

 

Head of Comedy

BBC Studios

 

 

Chris Sussman is Head Of Comedy at BBC Studios, where he looks after a range of comedy and comedy drama series including Good Omens, Hold The Sunset, Inside No 9, Mrs Brown's Boys, W1A and This Country.  

 

Prior to that, he was a commissioning editor for the BBC Comedy department for five years, where he oversaw the development of new scripts and pilots, and also executive produced a number of different comedy series across all the BBC channels, including Fleabag, Mum, Cuckoo, Quacks, Decline & Fall, People Just Do Nothing, Him & Her: The Wedding, Rev, Harry & Paul, Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe and Bad Education.

Before joining the BBC, he worked as a freelance producer for a number of different production companies including Rough Cut Television, Objective Productions and ITV Productions.

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Claire Newman

 

Head of Unscripted Development & Strategy

BBC Studios

 

With a wealth of experience in Content Research and Strategy working at both Discovery Networks International and Channel 4, Claire joined BBC Studios in 2016 and heads up the Unscripted Development & Strategy arm of the Content Partnerships team.

 

As well as sharing strategic insights to both BBC Studios and independent production partners around what’s in demand across the international landscape of unscripted TV, she also helps producers understand their audiences’ changing behaviours and what this means for content. Claire’s role is to help producers grow the unscripted pipeline focusing on worldwide trends and ideas to help develop programmes that will travel the globe.

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Clare Pizey

 

Executive Producer - Top Gear

BBC Studios

 

 

Pizey joined Top Gear as the head of editorial content in 2016, heading up the reboot after the departure of the long running presenting trio of Hammond, Clarkson and May.

At the time, she had been with the BBC for seven years working as the Head of Factual Entertainment. Her credits include Children in Need and Sport Relief.

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Clare Sillery

 

Head of Commissioning, Documentaries

BBC 

 

Clare Sillery was appointed Head of Commissioning, Documentaries in December 2016, leading one of the biggest commissioning teams at the BBC.

She is responsible for a huge range of output across all channels from Hospital, The Mighty Redcar, IKEA and Hillsborough on BBC Two and Stephen: Murder That Changed A Nation, Ambulance and Reported Missing on BBC One to the award-winning global documentary strand Storyville on BBC Four and BBC Three stand-out film Murdered For Being Different.

Other highlights include series like Drugsland and Valley Cops (BBC One), Hillsborough (BBC Two) and Professor Green: Living in Poverty (BBC Three).

Clare was previously a commissioning editor in documentaries responsible for a raft of returning documentary series from The Detectives to Real Marigold Hotel and Real Marigold on Tour and award winning single films like Simon’s Choice; How to Die on BBC Two as well as Bafta winning factual drama Damilola, our Loved Boy for BBC One.

As an executive producer at the BBC Clare was responsible for a really diverse range of programmes across all the channels from multi award winning series Life and Death Row (BBC Three) to RTS winning The Secret Life of the National Grid on BBC Four.

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Damian Keogh

 

Managing Director

Lookout Point

 

 

Damian is Managing Director at Lookout Point and is responsible for driving the commercial operations and strategic development of the company, having previously performed the role of Head of Drama at BBC Worldwide.

 

He started his television career as a freelance producer with Flying Pictures and Pearson, where he worked on big factual and entertainment productions. Damian then joined and ran Skyworks, an independent production company making factual series for major UK and international broadcasters.  

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Dan Simmons

 

Senior Reporter and Presenter - Click

BBC World News

 

Dan Simmons has worked as a journalist and presenter for the BBC for twenty years.  He has reported from every continent on most technology subjects but has chosen to specialise in mobile technology and networks, and technology in the developing world.

Dan’s current role is that of senior reporter and presenter for the BBC World News’ flagship technology TV show, Click. Having tested many phones - some to complete destruction - Dan is Click's mobile guru. Starting as a BBC radio journalist he moved to TV News in 2001, before joining Click in 2004. Dan does a lot of the tweeting for @bbcclick. Dan isn't a fan of tech for tech's sake and sees his mission as helping others determine if and why new technologies should matter to them. Between tweets, Dan dabbles in snowsports, sailing and wine tasting.

Click is BBC World News’ flagship technology programme showcasing the latest consumer technology, trends and issues.

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Sir David Attenborough

 

Presenter

 

 

For the last 60 years, David Attenborough has been one ofthe world’s leading natural history filmmakers, making landmark series including Dynasties, Life on Earth, The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, seen by billions of people across the world. 

His extraordinary career has spanned black and white, colour, HD and 3D formats and his films have won multiple Emmys and British Academy (BAFTA) awards. David was knighted by the Queen in 1985 and was given Britain’s highest honour, the Order of Merit. He has also received numerous other awards and is a fellow of the Royal Society. In Britain, David Attenborough is considered a national treasure and has recently been voted Britain’s most popular trusted person.

David’s films continue to push the boundaries of camera technology and CGI in factual storytelling. His latest ambitious multimedia projects include both apps and virtual reality (VR) which both entertain and educate global audiences of all ages. David joined the BBC in 1952 and within several years created his acclaimed ZooQuest series - filming wild animals in their natural habitat for the very first time. By 1965, he was Controller of BBC Two and responsible for the introduction of colour television into Britain. In 1973, he left BBC senior management to return to his passion of programme-making.

The internationally acclaimed, thirteen-part series Life On Earth was the most ambitious series that had ever been produced by the BBC’s Natural History Unit, and created the famous ‘landmark’ format that continues to make the Natural History Unit world renowned to this day. Throughout the 1990s, David presented natural history series to huge global audiences, including The Trials of Life (1990), The Private Life of Plants (1995), and The Life of Birds (1998). In autumn 2000, David presented State Of The Planet and a year later The Blue Planet. In 2002, he presented the immensely popular Life of Mammals, followed by Life in the Undergrowth and Life in Cold Blood. In 2006, he narrated the much-celebrated blue-chip series, Planet Earth, followed by Life (2009) Frozen Planet (2011), Africa (2013) and Life Story (2014). In 2016, he made two award winning specials: Light On Earth and Attenborough’s Giant Dinosaur

Sir David has most recently presented the four time BAFTA and two time Emmy award-winning series Planet Earth II (2016) along with Emmy award winning series Blue Planet II, (2017) for which he won the award for Outstanding Narrator. 

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Douglas Mackinnon

 

Director and Executive Producer

 

 

Douglas Mackinnon is the sole director and is an Executive Producer of Good Omens, a BBC Studios production for Amazon Prime. Sherlock, The Abominable Bride, directed by Douglas, won the Emmy for Best Television Movie in 2016. He was lead director and Executive Producer of Knightfall for A&E/History.

Douglas has also directed episodes of Dirk Gently for BBC America, and episodes of Outlander for Starz/Sony/Left Bank.

Line of Duty Series 2 (Douglas was lead director) won the 2015 RTS Award for Best Series, as well as being nominated for a BAFTA in the same category, and won Best Drama Series in the 2014 Freesat Awards.

As well as directing the 2015 Doctor Who Christmas Special, he has directed many episodes of Doctor Who. Douglas was voted Best Director of Doctor Who Series 8 by Doctor Who Magazine. Doctor Who Series 7 won Best Drama Series and Outstanding Contribution to British Drama in the 2013 TV Choice Awards. S7 was also named the National Television Awards Best Drama 2014.

Douglas Mackinnon has directed over 50 hours of network television drama and feature film The Flying Scotsman (released worldwide through MGM), other credits also include Robin Hood, Taggart, Jekyll, Bodies, Silent Witness as well as single television films for ITV and the BBC.

James Nesbitt received a Golden Globe nom for Jekyll, directed by Douglas, written by Steven Moffat and was nominated for a Ros'dor, and Jekyll won the Saturn Award for Best International Series. Bodies won RTS Best Series, also nominated for a BAFTA for Best Series. Douglas wrote and directed Calum Dongle, nominated in Best Childrens at both the Scottish BAFTA's and the Celtic Media Festival. The Flying Scotsman - nominated for 5 Scottish BAFTA's, won the Grand Prix for best international sports film at the Russian Film Festival.  

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Emma Hardie

 

Commercial Director - Fact Ent, Entertainment and Formats

BBC Studios

 

Emma leads the Factual Entertainment, Entertainment and Formats team within the Content Partnerships division. She is responsible for the commercial strategy, as well as securing a successful pipeline of IP and creating new investment opportunities.

Emma works closely with BBC Studios and independent production partners to find, fund and scale the best of British content for the global market. Previously to this, Emma worked as Commercial Director for the BBC Earth brand.

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Faith Penhale

 

Joint CEO and Creative Director

Lookout Point

 

 

Faith began her career in drama production over 20 years ago and has worked on a broad range of shows; from a BAFTA winning era of EastEnders, to the multi award winning espionage series Spooks, to more recently Andrew Davies’ critically acclaimed adaptation of War & Peace and the forthcoming adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic Les Miserables.

 

Faith worked for ten years at Kudos before running BBC Wales Drama from 2011-2016. Her track record there included the global phenomenon Sherlock and much loved Doctor Who, amongst many other authored pieces collaborating with some of the UK’s most exciting writing talent. From there she joined Lookout Point where she is CEO and Creative Director and oversees a vibrant slate including Mike Bartlett’s Press and Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack.

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Freddie Flintoff

 

Presenter - Top Gear

 

 

 

Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff is a presenter, broadcaster and cricketing legend. Andrew made his first class debut for Lancashire in 1995, and international honours came when he made his Test Match debut in 1998 vs South Africa.

His One Day International debut followed in 1999 vs Pakistan. Andrew made his biggest impact for England in the summer of 2005, when he played a major role in regaining the Ashes from Australia. His contributions won him the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in the same year. In 2006 Andrew was awarded an MBE, yet in September 2010, as one of the biggest players in the game, Flintoff retired from professional cricket due to a recurring knee injury. Since his retirement Andrew has developed a strong broadcast career.

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Gemma Brandler

 

Head of Scripted Development & Strategy

BBC Studios

 

Through market intelligence and creative insight, Gemma’s role is to help grow BBC Studios’ scripted catalogue to match the needs of audiences, commissioners and buyers. She works closely with our producers to provide editorial and strategic support for their development projects.

 

At BBC Studios, Gemma formerly held the roles of Commercial Manager for Drama and Indies Manager for Comedy. Both had the remit to identify and develop commercial, and internationally appealing, British series, then manage their journey from investment, to screen, through to sales. Previously, Gemma worked in Audience Insight at Channel 4, supporting commissioning, and she started her career at Sky in media sales.

She has just been nominated for her script at the New Voice Awards, sponsored by the Edinburgh TV Festival.

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Geo Lee

 

SVP & GM of North East Asia

BBC Studios

 

 

Geo Lee is SVP & GM of North East Asia at BBC Studios. Born in Korea and raised in Japan, he studied TV production in the US. Prior to joining BBC Studios in May 2018, he has led both conventional and new media including TVOD at Amazon, SVOD at Hulu, theatrical film at Fox, DVD sales and TV.

His most recent scripted format title was Luther in Korea (Jan. 2019), and the latest titles are in development in both Japan and Korea.

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Greg Brenman

 

Managing Director

Drama Republic

 

 

Greg established Drama Republic with his long-term colleague Roanna Benn in 2013. He has recently completed Hugo Blick’s Black Earth Rising, which broadcast on BBC Two in Autumn 2018 and will be released globally on Netflix in 2019.  

Prior to this, he executive produced over 500 hours of popular and acclaimed drama, including Peaky Blinders, Billy Elliott and Hugo Blick’s Peabody and Golden Globe Award-winning The Honourable Woman

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Hannah Wyatt

 

Managing Director, Factual Entertainment & Events Production

BBC Studios

 

Hannah oversees the creative, commercial, and operational strategy for the business in factual entertainment and events for the new BBC Studios. Responsible for Top Gear, Dragons Den and ‘event’ programming, she also oversees development of new factual entertainment formats to ensure the continued creative growth of IP in this key genre.

 

Hannah was previously Managing Director at Boundless, overseeing formats including The Apprentice (BBC One) and Grand Designs (Channel 4). Before this she was Director of Programmes at Mentorn, responsible for programmes including The Fried Chicken Shop (Channel 4), Watermen: A Dirty Business (BBC Two), Hotel Of Mum And Dad (BBC Three)

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Jackie Lee-Joe

 

Chief Marketing Officer

BBC Studios

 

As Chief Marketing Officer, Jackie leads marketing activity across all our businesses including production, channels and ancillary products. She currently has oversight of more than 300 BBC Studios brands globally and is responsible for identifying and developing new BBC brands to ensure our future growth.  

In order to build awareness and reach, Jackie and her team use both established and developing platforms to create innovative social strategies and campaigns to build communities. She also oversees the development of brand extensions and digital partnerships to extend audiences’ enjoyment of our shows.

Jackie also ensures all BBC Studios’ marketing activity is in line with BBC guidelines; is consistent across the world; and provides a best-in-class service around key trade events, including BBC Studios’ own annual trade event, Showcase.

She joined the organisation in November 2015 from Skype, where she was Global Director for Audience, Entertainment Marketing & Broadcast Media. She has over 20 years of marketing experience in blue-chip technology and telecoms brands including Virgin Mobile in Australia where she was GM Brand & Communications. Her credits also include pan-European roles at Carphone Warehouse; and global brand and consumer marketing roles at Orange.

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James Young

 

Presenter

 

 

James Young is a 28-year old presenter and passionate science communicator. As a double amputee, James turned to bionics with the same excitement and fascination he’s always had for future-gazing tech.

Since his accident six years ago, James has worked with a Japanese gaming giant to personally design and develop his own unique bionic arm - earning himself the nickname Metal Gear Man.

With the BBC, James is making documentaries to unearth more about the science of the future. Last year, he presented Sex Robots and Us where he met the makers and users of sex robots.

James is travelling the world to share his insights and discover how our lives will all soon change with mind-blowing advances in cutting-edge technology, for better, or for worse.

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Janet Tyler

 

Development Producer

Two Cities

 

Janet Tyler is the Development Producer for Two Cities. Previously, Janet worked as a Script Editor and Producer for the BBC, where her credits included A Song for Jenny by Frank McGuinness and starring Emily Watson, Paula Milne’s The Virgin Queen and The Nightwatch, Gracie! with Jane Horrocks and Tom Hollander, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries and The Alan Clarke Diaries.

 

Janet has also developed commissions with Channel 4 and ITV.

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Jo Shinner

 

Executive Producer

BBC Studios

 

Jo Shinner has worked in the Natural History Unit since 2011.  She exec-produced Natural Born Rebels, Big Cats About The House, Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks to People, Animal Super Parents, Nature’s Greatest Dancers, Nature’s Miracle Orphans, World’s Weirdest Events, and Earth’s Greatest Spectacles 

Previous projects have included Super Smart Animals and Monkey Planet, plus some children’s titles such as Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature. Prior to joining the NHU, Jo worked at Tigress Productions, producing wildlife investigative drama reconstruction documentaries Nature Shock (National Geographic/Channel 5) and an original series for National Geographic Wild Channel Wild Case Files. Jo has also produced various features, music & art documentaries, and observational documentaries across a wide range of subjects for BBC One, Two, Three, Four, Channel 5 over twenty-five years in TV.

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Jon Farrar

 

Global VOD Director

BBC Studios

 

Jon Farrar is the Global VOD Director for BBC Studios, overseeing the development and rollout of branded on-demand services like BBC Player around the world. Prior to that he was SVP Global Programming and led the editorial strategies for our channels.

He was the architect of BBC Studios revamped channel strategy, and helped drive their distribution to over 180 countries. Jon joined BBC Studios in 2010, leading the Programming teams in EMEA to record growth, and launching an award-winning commissioning strategy.

Jon has also held senior editorial positions at NBC Universal and Viacom. He began his career as a post boy at ITV.

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Jon Lindley

 

Head of Specialist Factual & Music

BBC Studios

 

Jon works in the content partnerships team working closely with both in-house and independent producers to help develop, fund and deliver the best factual programming from around the world.  

Developing the programming strategy and funding models, Jon provides the link between producers and international markets by providing producers with commercial opportunities and working with the sales team to best service BBC Studios’ clients. He has been involved in major shows such as The Planets, Love and Hate Crime, Louis Theroux, Diana: 7 Days and Planet Earth II.

Before joining BBC Studios in 2015, Jon had a wide range of experiences from across the industry including business affairs at indie group DCD Media, managing co-productions and commercial relationships for the BBC’s Natural History and Science Units and as a programme buyer at Discovery Networks International.

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Jonny Keeling

 

Executive Producer

 

 

Jonny has 22 years filmmaking experience in the NHU spanning the full range of output – from Planet Earth and Planet Earth II, to live shows like Springwatch, observational docs, presenter-led series, social media and VR pieces, interactive games and children’s content. 

He was researcher on the Natural World, assistant producer on David Attenborough’s Life of Mammals, and producer on the first Planet Earth. He went on to make a wide variety of films for BBC One and BBC Two, and eventually to series produce Expedition Tiger, Expedition Wolf and the Dark. His exec producer credits include Planet Earth II, Wonder of Animals, Secrets of Bones, Deadly 60 and Andy's Dinosaur Adventures.

He is currently executive producer on the BBC One landmark series for 2019 - One Planet, Seven Worlds.

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Kirstie Swain

 

Screenwriter

 

 

Kirstie is a screenwriter, originally from Scotland, who has recently written all six episodes of PURE for Channel 4 (produced by Drama Republic), due to air in 2019. Previously she wrote an episode of Jess Brittain's series Clique for BBC3 (Balloon Entertainment) and EVE for CBBC.

She was the winner of the 2013 Frank Deasy Award for new writing and in the same year was selected for the Bush/Kudos Initiative and Broadcast Magazine's Hotshots. She is also a graduate of the 2012 BBC Writers Academy where she wrote episodes of 3 continuing drama series. Kirstie is currently developing several TV drama projects including Ladybaby for Channel 4 (Kudos), Mankillers (Sid Gentle), Sweetpea (See-Saw/Sky) and Gutted (Synchronicity).

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Laura Lankester

 

Executive Producer and Director of Development

Lookout Point

 

Laura began her career working with Andrew Davies on BBC2’s The Line of Beauty.  She went on to join Kudos where she was a script editor in both development and production, across a wide range of shows. In 2011, Laura became Head of Development for BBC Wales where she developed a diverse slate of drama, including Andrew Davies’ BAFTA-nominated War & Peace.

Laura has script produced Lookout Point’s Les Miserables and is currently executive producing Sally Wainwright’s Gentleman Jack and Andrew Davies’ A Suitable Boy.

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Liam Keelan

 

Scripted Portfolio Director

BBC Studios

 

 

Liam is responsible for providing industry-leading creative and commercial support to BBC Studios full range of production partners, bringing new talent and new content opportunities into the business, and building broader, more strategic relationships with key commissioning customers by representing the commercial arm’s full portfolio of producers. 

He leads a team responsible for securing new drama, comedy and children’s content from BBC Television, UK and overseas indies, BBC Studios Productions and original commissions.

McMafia, Doctor Who, Luther, Doctor Foster and The Watch are just some of the dramas Liam oversees investment into with content partners in the UK and abroad.  Liam is also responsible for leading BBC Studio’s scripted coproduction activities and opportunities as well as directing investment into international productions for BBC Studios with recent series including Andrew Davies’ Les Miserables, Hossein Amini and James Watkins’ McMafia and Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens.

Liam Keelan has also been pivotal in the development of BBC Studios relationships with indies like Lookout Point, Baby Cow, Fudge Park and Cuba Pictures. Prior to his role as Director of Scripted Content, Liam Keelan was Global Editorial Director for BBC Worldwide, responsible for developing a strong editorial and creative vision across BBC Worldwide’s entire global channels and branded services portfolio.

Previous to this, Liam was Controller, BBC Daytime from February 2008. Under Liam's tenure, the schedule was revamped, with an emphasis on drama, consumer/current affairs and event-led programming.  His commissions included factual events with drama tie-ins such as The Week We Went to War and Land Girls. Other highlights included the Jimmy McGovern drama Moving On, quiz show Pointless, and Father Brown.

Before this, Liam held positions as Controller for Daytime at ITV, Head of Scheduling and Planning for BBC One and Two and Channel Editor at UKTV.

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Lynn Sutcliffe

 

Managing Director

Mighty Productions

 

 

Lynn has worked in the independent sector for many years, including spells at Hat Trick, Wall to Wall, MTV and Action Time. In 1999, she took a job at the BBC, during her time there she was responsible for developing The Weakest Link, Jet Set, Friends Like These, Dog Eat Dog, Hard Spell and Strictly Come Dancing.

As an International Development Executive she secured rights to The Apprentice and Dragons’ Den. Lynn left the BBC to join RDF Television as Head of Development. During this time she worked on Tipping Point, The Truth About Size Zero, Sing If You Can, Only Connect and Don’t Forget The Lyrics.

In 2012 she moved on to be Director of Development at CPL, where commissions include 75 episodes of Decimate for BBC1, Married at First Sight for Channel 4, Who Repairs Wins for UKTV and The Day The Cash Came for BBC1.

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Mark Raphael

 

Joint CEO

72 Films

 

Mark Raphael started his career in Television working in Sport. Formula One, Rugby Special and C4’s Italian Football coverage. He then decided to move into documentaries and factual television, and headed up North One’s Factual Department. Developing and creating shows such as A Very British UFO Hoax, The Dead Body Squad and Guys and Dolls.

In 2008 Channel 4 asked Mark to run their Cutting Edge documentary strand. He commissioned over 20 films including, Katie: My Beautiful Face, We need to talk about Dad, and the BAFTA award winning The Murder Trial. He went onto commission series such as Educating Essex, Educating Yorkshire, and the BAFTA award winning Bedlam.

After 4 years in commissioning, he joined the highly regarded factual company Dragonfly. Mark became MD of Dragonfly continuing to oversee One Born Every Minute, whilst creating the hybrid documentary The Trial for C4, and the long running documentary series Ambulance for BBC1. 

In 2016, Mark teamed up with his old friend David Glover to form 72 Films. So far it’s been the most rewarding part of his career, despite him having to re write his own biography.

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Mark Reynolds

 

Unscripted Portfolio Director

BBC Studios

 

Mark Reynolds is the Unscripted Portfolio Director within the Content Partnerships division of BBC Studios, overseeing the complete range of unscripted content that includes Blue Planet II, Top Gear, Diana: 7 Days, Civilisations, Horizon, Dancing with the Stars, Louis Theroux and The Great Bake Off. Mark leads the team responsible for all unscripted content development, co-production and financing strategies, acquisitions and talent and production partnership deals.

 

The team look after the following genres: Natural History, Entertainment Formats, Science, Factual Entertainment, Documentaries, History, Music, and Current Affairs. Previous roles at the company include the Genre Director and Commercial Director for Factual and Director of Factual for the Indie Unit. Mark was also Head of Factual, Acquisitions and Co-productions for Granada International. Mark joined Granada following a previous spell at BBC Worldwide where he was based in New York as Vice President, Factual Co-productions and Sales.

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Marnie Dickens

 

Writer

 

 

Marnie Dickens is the creator and writer of drama Thirteen that aired on BBC Three iPlayer, BBC Two and BBC America, starring Jodie Comer. Her latest original drama series, Gold Digger for Mainstreet Pictures/BBC One, is currently in post-production, starring Julia Ormond and Ben Barnes.

 

Marnie was selected as a Screen International Star of Tomorrow in 2015 and as a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit in 2016.

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Mathew Baynton

 

Actor

 

 

Mathew Baynton is best known for his BAFTA nominated performance in The Wrong Mans, a show which he co-wrote with James Corden for BBC2. He starred in five series of the hugely popular BBC sketch show Horrible Histories

 

Mat and his collaborators from that show reunited to create Yonderland for Working Title / Sky One and the feature film BILL for BBC Films, in which Mat plays the lead character William Shakespeare.

Other Film and TV acting credits include The Split (BBC), Quacks (BBC), You Me And The Apocalypse (SKY ATLANTIC), The Falling (MALADY FILMS), Drunk History (COMEDY CENTRAL), Gavin and Stacey (BBC), Peep Show (OBJECTIVE/C4), Spy (HAT TRICK/SKY), Psychobitches  (TIGER ASPECT/SKY ARTS) and Ashes To Ashes (KUDOS/BBC).

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Max Gogarty

 

Commissioning Editor

BBC

 

Max recently joined BBC Factual as commissioning editor in popular factual and documentaries. He was previously Executive Editor of BBC Three where he ran the in house content team and helped devise the digital strategy for the channel.

 

He Exec’d numerous titles including Queer Britain, One Hot Summer, A Tattoo To Change Your Life, Diabulimia: The World’s Most Dangerous Eating Disorder, George Shelley: Learning to Grieve and the BAFTA-nominated Britain’s Forgotten Men.

Prior to that, Max was Head of Development at VICE and directed the feature doc Chemsex which premiered at the London Film Festival and was nominated for a Grierson Award and long listed for BIFA’s Best New Director Award.

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Michael Gunton

 

Creative Director of Factual and The Natural History Unit

BBC Studios

 

Michael Gunton is the Creative Director of Factual and The Natural History Unit for BBC Studios. Within this role, Mike works as an executive producer on many BBC titles, acts as an ambassador for BBC Studios internationally, and is responsible for bringing new stories and techniques to audiences globally.

 

Mike joined the BBC in 1983 working within The Open University's and Children's TV, before moving to the Natural History Unit to work on Trials of Life. Mike quickly established himself within the NHU, developing the 'People and Animals' output, running the Natural World Strand and overseeing over 200 wildlife films including the critically acclaimed series’; Yellowstone, Galapagos, Life, Africa, and Life Story.

Mike's series’ all come with his own stamp of innovative storytelling that use unique perspectives and pioneering technology to bring audiences memorable, high impact programmes that evoke wonder, fascination and empathy for the natural world.

Many of Mike's projects have gone on to win accolades across the world including BAFTA's, Emmys and RTS awards, and last year he was awarded an RTS fellowship in recognition of his contribution to Television.

Mike was responsible for the record breaking Planet Earth II, winner of 4 BAFTAs and 2 primetime Emmys, including best specialist factual series and best documentary series. His most recent series, Dynasties, aired on BBC1 in Autumn 2018 and was the most successful factual programme of the year.

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Monica Hayes

 

Global Franchise Marketing Director, BBC Earth

BBC Studios

 

 

Monica Hayes, Global Franchise Marketing Director, BBC Earth, a global portfolio brand that invites audiences everywhere to engage with the wonders of our universe.

 

Monica leads the global marketing strategy for the amazing award winning Natural History and Science content, experiences and interactions, across multiple platforms. This includes leading the marketing for key landmarks such as Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II encompassing on-air promotion, digital marketing, social engagement and third party partnerships.

As part of this she spearheads the development and implementation of BBC Earth’s brand strategy to drive and sustain brand leadership.

Prior to BBC Studios Monica built over 20 years of marketing experience working with blue chip international brands. She joined BBC Studios from British Airways, where she was Global Marketing Manager, based in London with an international remit. Her previous experience encompasses launching and developing the Oneworld airline alliance across 8 international airlines and the re-launch of the Executive Club from 5 regional programmes to a single global programme.

As well as first-rate marketing experience, she brings a strategic mind and approach, proven experience of working internationally, a track record of using audience insight to develop smart creative solutions and how to harness the power of partnerships to drive innovative marketing campaigns.

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Murray Ferguson

 

Chief Executive and Director

Clerkenwell Films

 

Formed in 1998, Clerkenwell Films is firmly established as one of the leading scripted producers in the UK, creating high quality, popular television for both UK and international audiences. Among its credits are award-winning, critically acclaimed shows such as Misfits, Lovesick and The End of the F***ing World.

 

Prior to that, he was a commissioning editor for the BBC Comedy department for five years, where he oversaw the development of new scripts and pilots, and also executive produced a number of different comedy series across all the BBC channels, including Fleabag, Mum, Cuckoo, Quacks, Decline & Fall, People Just Do Nothing, Him & Her: The Wedding, Rev, Harry & Paul, Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe and Bad Education.

Before joining the BBC, he worked as a freelance producer for a number of different production companies including Rough Cut Television, Objective Productions and ITV Productions.

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Neil Gaiman

 

Novel Author and Executive Producer

 

 

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of books, short stories, films, and graphic novels for readers of all ages.  He is listed as one of the Top Ten Living Post-Modern Writers by the Dictionary of Literary Biography.  His books have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold close to seven million copies overseas.

 

Some of his most notable titles include the novels  American Gods (for which he received the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker and Locus awards, and sold half a million copies in the UK alone), The Graveyard Book (the first book to ever win both the Newbery and Carnegie medals), and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which was named the UK's National Book Award 2013 Book of the Year.

Neil is currently turning Good Omens, the novel he co-wrote with Sir Terry Pratchett, into a six part television series with the BBC and Amazon. The second season of American Gods is currently in filming, to be released in 2019 on the Starz network in conjunction with Fremantle and Amazon.

Neil is also the creator of the hugely popular Sandman comic series, which was the first comic book to ever receive literary recognition when it won the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story.  The latest installment of the series, Sandman Overture, was named Amazon Best Graphic novel of 2015.

Recently published were his New York Times list topper Norse Mythology, a retelling of the stories of the Norse gods and giants from the Prose and Poetic Eddas. the bestselling non-fiction collection, The View From The Cheap Seats and #1 bestselling, reimagined fairy tale, The Sleeper and the Spindle(with illustrations by UK Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell). He has four children, and is married to performer/writer Amanda Palmer.

Neil is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

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Nick Mather

 

Creative Director

Expectation Entertainment

 

 

Nick Mather worked at Endemol Shine for ten years as Creative Director of the Central Team and Managing Director of Remarkable Television.

While at Endemol Shine he created numerous entertainment formats including co–creating the smash hit BBC One quiz Pointless, as well as Goldenballs and Tenable for ITV.

Since leaving Endemol Shine he has served as a Creative Director at Expectation Entertainment overseeing the development and production of their entertainment slate.

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Paddy McGuinness

 

Presenter - Top Gear

 

 

Paddy has become a well-loved and established feature of the annual TV calendar. Today he is perhaps best known for his massively popular ITV dating show Take Me Out, which goes in to production for its eleventh series this autumn and will TX early 2019.

Paddy is well known for his contributions to popular TV shows including This Morning, 71 Degrees North, Mad Mad World, Your Face Sounds Familiar, Stars In Their Cars and Coronation Street.

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Pierre Linhart

 

Script writer and Director

 

 

Pierre Linhart is the script writer of various TV shows (Infidèle, Jeux d’influence, Eden, Les Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie, Clash…), movies (Corniche Kennedy, Danbé, La tête haute…) and documentaries. He is the director of two short films and a mini-series, and has published a novel (Une mère modèle).

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Roanna Benn

 

Managing Director

Drama Republic

 

Roanna has just completed Wanderlust by Nick Payne, which premiered on BBC One and was released on Netflix globally in autumn 2018. She is currently working on PURE, a new 6-part series for Channel 4 by Kirstie Swain, based on the book by Rose Bretécher.

Roanna developed and executive produced two seasons of the multi award-winning BBC One hit series Doctor Foster by Mike Bartlett, which is one of the highest rating dramas to have ever been broadcast on the BBC.

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Rob Carey

 

CEO

Curve Media

 

Rob is a programme maker with a rich history of creating long-running, returnable series with popular appeal and high production values. Rob Carey is joint CEO of Curve Media, an unscripted production company with permanent production bases in London, Cardiff and Dublin and production capability globally.

Before creating Curve Media with Camilla Lewis, Rob was EVP / Global Creative Director for Cineflix from 2008 to 2014. He oversaw all development, pitching and production in the UK and North America and saw the company’s unscripted output grow to over 300 hours with big hits on both sides of the Atlantic including UK shows: Trauma Doctors (Channel 5), Claimed and Shamed (BBC One), All Aboard: East Coast Trains (Sky One), The World’s Maddest Job Interview (Channel 4) Salvage Hunters (Discovery Networks) Air Crash Investigation (National Geographic International). US shows: American Pickers (History), Python Hunters (NatGeo Wild), Weird or What? (Discovery), Campus PD (G4) Property Brothers (HGTV).

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Saul Venit

 

Chief Operating Officer

Lookout Point

 

Saul joined Lookout Point as COO in 2014 and is responsible for the broad range of Lookout Point’s business activities. Prior to working at Lookout Point, he was Director of Commercial and Legal Affairs at BBC Worldwide, a post that he reached after a 15-year career at the BBC and BBC Worldwide in the UK and US. He holds a degree in History from Cambridge University and qualified as a lawyer in 1998 in a law firm specialising in libel law and intellectual property.

Simon Norman

 

Writer

 

 

Simon is an alumni of both the prestigious BBC Production Trainee and Guardian’s Ones to Watch talent schemes. Having worked across BBC in-house drama as a researcher and development assistant, Simon moved onto Casualty, where he worked as a script editor before making the decision to go freelance as a writer in 2016.

After being offered core writing deals on both Casualty and Holby, Simon has also written ten episodes of EastEnders in 2018 - bringing his total writing credits to twenty episodes of continuing drama in just two years. Having landed an original series commission with BBC Wales, Simon is now looking to develop his writing, both original and contributing.

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Sumi Connock

 

Creative Director - Formats

BBC Studios

 

In her role at BBC Studios, Sumi has responsibility for an extensive formats catalogue of more than 200 titles, including popular entertainment brands such as Dancing with the Stars, The Great British Bake Off and Top Gear, alongside scripted formats Luther, Doctor Foster and The Office.

 

Prior to joining BBC Studios, Sumi worked as Head of Entertainment at ITV Studios in Manchester, where she was responsible for multiple formats including Countdown, University Challenge and You've Been Framed!, as well as creating and developing new formats including the hidden-camera magic show and Broadcast Digital Award winning Tricked (ITV2), returning daytime cookery format, Yes Chef and children's quiz, Top Class (CBBC).

Sumi has an extensive background in Entertainment, having previously spent three years as Commissioning Editor for Entertainment at BBC Daytime, where she oversaw output including Eggheads, Are You an Egghead?, Strictly It Takes Two and Through the Keyhole; and also as an Executive Producer in BBC Entertainment with credits including Just the Two of Us, The Big Finish with Graham Norton and Dear Father Christmas. Further credits include: Streetmate, The Big Breakfast, MTV Europe Music Awards, Dirty Sanchez, An Audience with the Spice Girls, Animals Do The Funniest Things and Blind Date.

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Suzy Lamb

 

Managing Director, Entertainment & Music Production

BBC Studios

 

 

After 11 years in the independent sector Suzy rejoined the BBC in 2018. She now oversees the creative, commercial, and operational strategy for BBC Studios' Entertainment & Music business, home to Strictly Come Dancing, Eurovision, and the BBC’s television coverage of Glastonbury.

 

Suzy was previously Head of Entertainment at Thames TV, where she had been since 2010, overseeing popular entertainment series and one-off programmes including Take Me Out, All Star Family Fortunes and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Over The Rainbow. Prior to this, she was in the U.S as show runner on NBC shows Clash Of The Choirs, Phenomenon and Grease: You’re The One That I Want.

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Tim Crouch

 

Writer - Don't Forget The Driver

 

 

 

Tim is a playwright and theatre director. He was an actor before he started to write and he still performs in much of his work. His plays include An Oak Tree, The Author, Adler & Gibb, Beginners and Total Immediate Collective Imminent Terrestrial Salvation.

As a director he has directed King Lear and The Taming of the Shrew for the RSC, The Complete Deaths for Spymonkey and Jeramee, Hartleby and Oooglemore for the Unicorn Theatre. Awards for his work include a Prix Italia, an Obie, a John Whiting award, a Fringe First and a Writer’s Guild of Great Britain award. Don’t Forget The Driver is his first writing project for television. 

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Toby Jones

 

Actor

 

 

British Actor Toby Jones is known for his performances both in the theatre and on screen. Later this year Toby will star in Don’t Forget The Driver, a series he has co-written for BBC 2.

He has most recently been cast in a new Netflix film, The Last Thing He Wanted, written and directed by Oscar nominated Dee Rees. The film follows a journalist (Anne Hathaway) who quits her newspaper job and becomes an arms dealer for a covert government agency. Last year he returned to the stage for the revival of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party, Toby’s performance was met with high acclaim; ‘Toby Jones is mesmerising as the shambolic Stanley’ – The Times.

He went on to star on screen in French comedy film Naked Normandy for Philippe le Gay, Lionsgate’s World War One drama Journey’s End and the blockbuster, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Toby’s further film credits for 2017 included - Universal Pictures’ crime drama The Snowman, psychological indie thriller, Kaleidoscope and Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or nominated film, Happy End. Toby also reprised his BAFTA-award winning role in the third and final season of the award-winning comedy series Detectorists, written by and co-starring Mackenzie Crook. Toby's other works include ‎Infamous, where Toby played ‘Truman Capote’ for which he won  Best British Actor at the London Film Critics Circle Awards.

In 2011, Toby starred in the Oscar-nominated adaptation of John le Carre’s classic crime novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and the year after, Toby garnered huge critical acclaim for his performance as Alfred Hitchcock in the HBO/BBC television movie The Girl, for which he received a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy nomination. That year also saw Toby play the lead in Peter Strickland’s multi award-winning film Berberian Sound Studio. In 2014, Toby starred as the lead in the BBC Two BAFTA winning drama Marvellous, and the following year in Matteo Garrone’s fantasy horror, Tale Of Tales.

Further credits include: Atomic Blonde, Sherlock, Dad’s Army, The Secret Agent, The Witness For The Prosecution, Morgan, Wayward Pines, Capital, The Man Who Knew Infinity, The Hunger Games series, the Harry Potter series, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Leave to Remain, Andrew Kotting’s By Ourselves, My Week With Marilyn, The Adventures Of Tintin, Frost/Nixon, W and The Painted Veil.

Theatre credits include: Circle Mirror Transformation (Royal Court), The Painter (Arcola), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (National Theatre), Parlour Song (Almeida Theatre), Dumb Waiter and Other Pinter Pieces (Oxford Playhouse), Measure for Measure (with Complicite) (National Theatre), The Play What I Wrote (winner: Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor) (West End/Broadway).

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Vinay Patel

 

Screenwriter and Playwright

 

 

Vinay’s debut play, True Brits, opened at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014, transferred to the Bush Theatre and went on to headline the 2015 Vault Festival. His latest play, An Adventure, ran at the Bush in late 2018.

His television debut Murdered By My Father was commissioned for BBC3 and later repeated on BBC1. It won the Royal Television Society award for Best Single Drama before going on to be nominated for three BAFTAs and Vinay was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit for his work.

He has since written for Paines Plough, ITV, Channel 4 and the BFI, as well as contributing to the bestselling collection of essays, The Good Immigrant. Most recently, Vinay wrote for series 11 of Doctor Who and is working on further projects for the BBC.

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Zina Neophytou

 

Vice President - Out of Home

BBC Studios

 

Zina Neophytou oversees the distribution and revenue of the BBC Studios TV Channels, the BBC Programming Catalogue and BBC World News across all Out of Home outlets globally.

Her key areas of Out of Home distribution include hotels, airlines, cruise ships, trains and airports. Zina is also responsible for the strategy, business development and sales negotiation within this area of distribution.  In January 2017 Zina successfully launched BBC HD, BBC Worldwides first channel produced exclusively for cruise ships and the wider maritime market. Zina has worked at BBC Studios since 1999.

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