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Kate Phillips to head BBC entertainment commissioning

BBC Worldwide's creative director of formats will oversee entertainment commissioning for the UK pubcaster beginning in September.
June 23, 2016

The BBC has named BBC Worldwide’s Kate Phillips as controller of entertainment commissioning.

Phillips, who became creative director of formats for the UK pubcaster’s commercial arm two years ago, will oversee entertainment commissioning across all BBC TV channels, BBC iPlayer and BBC3. She takes on the role on September 5.

Her slate includes franchises such as Strictly Come Dancing, panel shows such as Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week, factual entertainment series The Apprentice, Dragon’s Den and Top Gear and events such as the Eurovision Song Contest.

Phillips replaces Mark Linsey, who became director of BBC studios last fall. Alan Tyler stepped into the position on an interim basis.

While at BBC Worldwide, she oversaw a catalog of 200-plus titles that includes Top Gear, The Great British Bake Off and Strictly Come Dancing as well as scripted formats Luther and The Office.

Before that, she was the channel executive for BBC1 and BBC3, working with controllers to oversee editorial content and managing the development of commissions.

She comes from a background in producing factual, comedy, television and entertainment shows and was co-owner and director of formats company Mast Media. She has also headed up development for BBC Children and BBC Entertainment and created and ran the BBC’s training scheme Future Formats.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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