BBC Worldwide has confirmed that Wayne Garvie, its managing director of content and production, is leaving for UK superindie All3Media, where he will serve as MD of international production, reporting to CEO Steve Morrison.
Garvie first came to the Beeb in 1998 via BBC Manchester after 10 years at Granada Television. From his first post there as head of entertainment and features, he became head of entertainment group for BBC in 2001, moving to his most recent post at BBCWW in 2006.
‘Wayne has had an exemplary career at the BBC, including the last four years at BBC Worldwide,’ said BBCWW CEO John Smith. ‘He goes with our gratitude for all he has done, particularly in establishing our international production base and taking fantastic shows such as Dancing with the Stars to the world. He leaves in place a very strong team to lead our content and production business while we search for a successor.’
For his part, Garvie said he’s ‘enjoyed wonderful times at the BBC,’ adding, ‘I feel especially proud and privileged to have been at Worldwide these last few years, and have been inspired by the leadership and challenge given to me by John. Our content and production business is in excellent shape and in very safe hands. However, All3Media represents a terrific opportunity for new challenges and experiences, which I simply cannot resist.’
At All3, Garvie will be tasked with enhancing the growth of the superindie’s production capabilities in the U.S., Europe and other global territories. ‘I am delighted to welcome Wayne to All3Media,’ said CEO Morrision. ‘He is one of the most recognised television executives on the worldwide scene and will be instrumental in the further growth of our international business. He will also help convert our prolific pipeline of creative content into programs around the world.’
Helen Jackson, director of BBC Worldwide’s indies unit, will lead the content and production business on an acting basis until a permanent successor is named.