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BBC Worldwide bolsters commissioning team

Former UKTV entertainment commissioner Julie Swanston and former Channel 4 commissioning editor Lucy Pilkington have joined the BBC Worldwide team.
July 10, 2013

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has expanded its commissioning and original content team with two new appointments.

Former UKTV entertainment commissioner Julie Swanston, named executive producer for BBC America and BBC Worldwide Channels, will be responsible for developing new factual entertainment programming for BBCWW’s channels output, including BBC America. She will also act as executive producer on newly commissioned series from both indie and in-house production teams.

Lucy Pilkington, a former Channel 4 specialist factual commissioning editor and recent head of factual formats for October Films, is appointed as executive producer, BBC Worldwide Channels, overseeing and exec producing a slate of original programming including the fact ent format Million Dollar Intern.

Both will report to Tracy Forsyth, VP of commissioning for BBC Worldwide, with Swanston also reporting to BBC America’s VP of original programming, Rachel Smith.

“It’s an exciting time for our commissioning strategy, welcoming Julie Swanston this September in this joint role with BBC America,” said Forsyth in a statement. “With an impressive CV and multi-channel experience, Julie is ideally suited to this role with her fantastic producer and talent contacts.

“I’m also delighted that Lucy Pilkington has joined us to work on some fantastic projects,” she added. “With her extensive commissioning and executive producer experience, I am confident she will deliver outstanding editorial judgment for our original factual and factual entertainment formats.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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