BBC Worldwide Productions (BBCWW) head Jane Tranter (pictured) is to step down from her role and leave LA to return to the UK later this summer, according to a report by UK trade outlet Broadcast.
When contacted for comment, a spokesperson for the BBC told realscreen that the move is “speculation” and that the pubcaster could not confirm the news and had no comment.
The spokesperson added that it was “very much business as usual” at BBC Worldwide’s LA outpost, where Tranter is based.
According to the report, Tranter will return to the UK’s indie production sector over the next few months. Julie Gardner – senior VP of scripted at BBCWW – is believed to be taking on the exec’s day-to-day duties until a replacement is found.
Tranter came to LA in 2009 to boost BBCWW’s scripted and unscripted portfolio Stateside and in 2012 helmed the launch of BBCWW label Adjacent Productions. Working under both labels, Tranter’s credits include Dancing With the Stars (ABC), Getting On (HBO), Top Gear (History), What Not to Wear (TLC) and Richard Hammond’s Crash Course (BBC America).
Prior to joining BBCWW, Tranter served as controller for BBC Fiction, and previously worked as controller for BBC Drama Commissioning.