BBC America names Nena Rodrigue programming EVP

The move reunites Rodrigue, previously a programming SVP at SundanceTV, with former boss and BBC America president Sarah Barnett.
February 4, 2015

BBC America has named Nena Rodrigue, previously senior vice president of programming and production at SundanceTV, as its executive vice president of original programming, acquisitions and production.

The move reunites Rodrigue with former boss Sarah Barnett, who was president of SundanceTV before making the move to the president and GM post at BBC America. Rodrigue, tasked with overseeing all of BBC America’s development, original productions, copros and acquisitions, will report to Barnett.

Rodrigue will also continue to oversee development and production for Sundance TV for an interim period until a successor is found. Sundance TV and BBC America are both under the AMC Networks umbrella, with BBC America now a joint venture between AMC Networks and BBC Worldwide.

“Nena is a highly sophisticated programming executive, with a creative vision that will be invaluable for BBC America’s next phase of growth,” said Barnett in a statement, citing Rodrigue’s contribution to making SundanceTV a player in the scripted drama space, as well as her role in multiple SundanceTV/BBC copros.

Prior to SundanceTV, Rodrigue held various development and production roles at Fox’s alternative TV division, Dick Wolf’s prodco Wolf Films, Touchstone TV, Imagine Television, and Witt-Thomas Productions.

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