BBCWW ups Phillips to creative director of formats

Kate Phillips (pictured) will be working with BBC Worldwide format acquisitions teams in-house, in L.A., France and India when she assumes the position of creative director of formats in January.
November 6, 2014

BBC1 and BBC3 channel executive Kate Phillips has joined BBC Worldwide as creative director of formats.

Assuming responsibility for BBC Worldwide’s 163-title format catalog when she starts in January, Phillips will further develop the catalog and handle¬†positioning of new formats, while re-imagining existing formats for a contemporary audience.

Reporting to director of factual entertainment and entertainment content Tracy Forsyth, Phillips will work with the formats acquisitions team at in-house arm BBC Worldwide Productions, and with teams in LA, France and India to ensure a brand-led approach to all formats.

Top Gear, The Great British Bake Off and Bad Bridesmaids are among the formats she will be overseeing, as well as the scripted dramas Luther and Orphan Black.

Phillips’ format development experience includes the shows Last Choir Standing, The Speaker, Tonight’s The Night, Walk on the Wild Side, Young Talent of the Year and To the Ends of the Earth in her previous role as BBC Entertainment’s head of future formats and head of development. She also secured the Great American Road Trip commission for NBC, while serving as development executive for BBC Entertainment and BBC Worldwide.

Forsyth said Phillips “outstanding track record working for BBC public service, commercial television and in international roles, make her the ideal candidate to drive the success of our formats business.”

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