Mark Linsey tapped to lead BBC Studios

Mark Linsey (pictured), the acting director of BBC Television, has been tapped as director of BBC Studios, which will officially launch on April 29.
March 22, 2016

Mark Linsey, the acting director of BBC Television, has been tapped to helm BBC Studios.

The exec takes over from Peter Salmon, who revealed earlier this month that he would be stepping down as head of BBC Studios to serve as chief creative officer of Endemol Shine Group.

Linsey is to take up the post immediately, and will also join the BBC Executive Board. Charlotte Moore, controller of TV channels and iPlayer, will be responsible for BBC television in the interim, while a “new structure to simplify the BBC” is expected in the coming weeks.

Linsey will work with the Studios teams over the next month, before the new division officially launches on April 29.

The exec spent more than 20 years working in TV production before joining the BBC, serving in various roles at Central, LWT, Hat Trick Productions and Tiger Aspect.

He was tapped as the BBC’s controller of entertainment commissioning in 2009 and was responsible for programs including The Apprentice and Strictly Come Dancing. In 2013, he also took on the role of deputy director of television.

“Mark Linsey is an exceptional program maker and a first-class leader who makes things happen and gets the very best out of those who work around him,” said Tony Hall, BBC director-general, in a statement. “That combination is vital if the BBC is to continue with the phenomenal run of critical and audience success we are seeing with our program making.”

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