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Kate Townsend leaves BBC’s ‘Storyville’ for Netflix

BBC’s documentary strand ‘Storyville’s’ commissioning editor Kate Townsend is leaving her post to join Netflix. Townsend took over the commissioning role with the UK pubcaster when Nick Fraser departed last year. She previously worked as ...
June 7, 2017

BBC’s documentary strand ‘Storyville’s’ commissioning editor Kate Townsend is leaving her post to join Netflix.

Townsend took over the commissioning role with the UK pubcaster when Nick Fraser departed last year. She previously worked as executive producer on Storyville since 2011.

A statement from the BBC confirmed a replacement for Townsend will be announced in the next few weeks. Until that time, Emma Loach will interim as commissioning editor.

Townsend’s credits at the strand include A Syrian Love Story, Pussy Riot, Notes on Blindness and India’s Daughter.

“I and the BBC4 team remain incredibly grateful for all the work Kate has done nurturing and latterly leading the Storyville strand over the last few years; she leaves us with a really strong slate of films going forward. We look forward to building on those foundations and we wish her the very best for her future,” said Cassian Harrison, channel editor, BBC4, in a statement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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