Harry Lansdown (pictured), BBC3′s commissioning editor for formats, features and specialist factual, has left the UK network to join indie prodco Renegade Pictures as director of programs.
Lansdown will start the new role in mid-February. Renegade’s titles include Celebrity Wedding Planners, Our War and Don’t Tell the Bride, the latter of which was commissioned by Lansdown for BBC3.
In a statement, Renegade CEO Alex Cooke said: “As director of programs Harry will work closely with Jon Rowlands to develop a range of new projects and explore new genres. We’ve got excellent relations with a very wide range of broadcasters and commissioning editors so it’s an exciting time for us.”
Renegade co-founder Alan Hayling added: “Harry Lansdown is just the person we’ve been looking for to join Renegade. His track-record says it all.
“Both as commissioning editor and during his period as acting controller of BBC3 last year, he showed himself to be innovative and brave in his commissioning while having a knack for attracting massive audiences to tough subjects.
“He is also editorially strong in an edit and very collaborative. All these are values that are very much what Renegade is about so we think it’s a perfect fit.”
Lansdown has been with the BBC since 2006.