“Top Gear” exec producer Lisa Clark exits

BBC Top Gear executive producer Lisa Clark has departed the revamped motoring series after five months to pursue new projects. (Pictured L-R: series host Chris Evans and The Stig)
December 22, 2015

BBC Top Gear executive producer Lisa Clark has departed the revamped motoring series after five months.

Clark is leaving the Chris Evans-fronted (pictured) program to pursue “new projects” in the new year. According to a BBC spokesperson, the Pett Television founder has “laid a lot of the groundwork” for the rebooted series by having overseen pre-production at the Surrey-based Dunsfold Aerodrome hangar.

She previously worked alongside Evans as a producer on Channel 4′s morning entertainment show The Big Breakfast.

Alex Renton - Top Gear series editor with 10 years of experience with the brand – is to step into Clark’s vacated role in the interim period before a new executive joins the program in January.

Production on the latest incarnation of the program is currently underway and is slated to return on May 8 with 16 episodes. Evans’ co-presenters for the series have yet to be announced.

In June, the BBC replaced former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson with the host of BBC2′s Breakfast Show following a highly publicized fracas. The pubcaster revealed a month later that Clark had been tapped to exec produce the rebooted program.

“We’d like to thank Lisa for all her incredible work over the last five months readying new Top Gear for its busy filming schedule in 2016 and planned return in May,” reads a statement from the BBC.

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