BBC Worldwide (BBCWW), the commercial arm of the BBC, has appointed Helen Jackson as managing director, content & production, replacing Wayne Garvie, who moved to All3Media in September.
Having been with BBCWW for over two decades, Jackson, currently director of independents for the company, had been acting MD for the content and production division since the departure of Garvie.
In taking over the role, Jackson will be overseeing BBC Worldwide’s TV content activity, including international formats and production; talent & brand ventures and investment in content from both the BBC and the independent sector.
Over her career with BBCWW, she’s developed ties with the independent production sector both in the UK and internationally after launching the company’s Indie Unit, created to manage acquisitions from independent prodcos.
After the terms of trade established in 2004, the onus was on developing deeper partnerships with the independent production community through long-term development deals, seed monies available for new companies and the taking of equity stakes in select UK and international prodcos.
John Smith, CEO of BBC Worldwide, said Jackson’s appointment was ‘richly deserved,’ adding that ‘her ability to build and navigate complex commercial partnerships across the UK production landscape has earned her great respect from the industry and helped fund many of Britain’s favorite television hits. It was obvious to me that Helen step up and take a wider leadership role of our relationship with the creative industry on global scale.’
Jackson, for her part, called the new role ‘one of the best jobs in the business, working with the best talent and the best content, both in the UK and around the world.’ She added that BBC Worldwide’s content and production division has ‘built up a lot of momentum and there is a real energy about what more we can achieve.’