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BBC Studios restructures entertainment division

BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial production arm, has made alterations to its entertainment, music and events divisions, splitting them into two distinct areas. Each arm will now have a dedicated focus and ...
July 13, 2017

BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial production arm, has made alterations to its entertainment, music and events divisions, splitting them into two distinct areas.

Each arm will now have a dedicated focus and new creative leadership. As a result, current director of entertainment, music and events Roger Leatham will take on the new role of director of business affairs, responsible for leading the company’s business strategy in the commercial world. Leatham’s title change will be made effective by mid-August.

The new structure means that BBC Studios is currently searching for two creative leaders for a factual entertainment and events division, and a separate entertainment and music unit.

The recruitment process for the two directors, who will report into BBC Studios director Mark Linsey, will begin shortly.

BBC Studios Factual Entertainment and Events arm will now oversee such projects as Top Gear, Amazing Hotels, The Life Swap Adventure and The World According to Kids, and events including Trooping the Colour and Remembrance Sunday: The Cenotaph.

The Entertainment and Music unit, meanwhile, will include entertainment formats such Strictly Come Dancing (pictured), quiz shows such as A Question of Sport and The Boss, and music programming and documentaries that include Later… with Jools Holland, David Bowie: The Last 5 Years and Glastonbury.

BBC Studios officially launched as a full commercial subsidiary of the BBC on April 1, paving the way for the TV production arm to create and develop programming for other broadcasters and channels worldwide.

“Roger has made a significant and valuable contribution to BBC Studios in the last year,” Linsey said, in a statement, “helping redesign and reshape this part of the business and overseeing much creative success onscreen, including Strictly Come Dancing‘s strongest performance to date, award wins for programs like the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance 2016 and Later with…Jools Holland and powerful and complex broadcasts such as One Love Manchester, which was turned around in five days.”

He continued: “We are delighted Roger has agreed to lead BBC Studios’ Business Affairs strategy and we look forward to welcoming two new creative entrepreneurs to lead these important areas for our business.”

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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