Lisa Opie takes on Knowledge role at BBC Vision

BBC Vision has tapped Twofour Digital MD Lisa Opie (pictured) for the new role of controller of business, Knowledge and Daytime, as part of a major internal restructuring.
September 20, 2012

BBC Vision has tapped Twofour Digital MD Lisa Opie (pictured) for the new role of controller of business, Knowledge and Daytime, as part of a major internal restructuring.

The appointment comes as part of a significant re-organization of BBC VisionĀ – the department of the public broadcaster which incorporates program production, commissioning and broadcast operations – and the BBC’s rights and business affairs division under George Entwistle, who took over the reins as BBC director general on Monday (September 17).

The new Vision structure aims to save money by simplifying business processes to create “one core operational spine responsible for supporting the BBC’s genre strategy and to bring together channels, platforms, commissioning and production into a single whole under a unified Vision HQ,” according to the public broadcaster.

“While keeping commissioning and production strictly apart as two separate editorial functions, the new structure will deliver business support efficiently and effectively to all sides of the business.”

In addition to Opie’s appointment, the BBC has today named Nick Betts as controller of business, drama, films and acquisitions; Tamara Howe as controller of business, comedy and entertainment; and Roger Leatham as controller of legal and business affairs.

The BBC said its new genre-based working model “will also allow better alignment with the emerging structures of BBC UK Network Production and will facilitate the creation and operation of genre boards, which will be used to align editorial and commercial strategy across BBC public service, BBC Worldwide and all other commercial partners.”

Bal Samra, director of Vision operations and director of right and business affairs, said: “I’m delighted that Lisa will be joining the BBC in this new role and know that she will be a tremendous asset to the Knowledge and Daytime genre team.”

Prior to taking on the MD role at Twofour Digital, Opie served as director of branded business for the Twofour Group. Before joining Twofour, she ran her own consultancy and served as MD of content at British broadcaster Channel 5.

In a statement, Entwistle said: “The key to the creative future of the BBC is to ensure good people and good money spend less time tied up in process and more time creating the very highest quality television programs and multi-platform output.”

The news comes after the public broadcaster earlier this week announced that chief operating officer Caroline Thomson would be leaving as part of the restructure.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.