Suzy Lamb, Thames TV’s head of entertainment, has been hired by BBC Studios to oversee its entertainment and music division.
Lamb joins the UK production unit as genre director of entertainment and music, tasked with oversight of the creative, commercial and operational strategy of the BBC’s commercial production arm. Series that fall under the division include Strictly Come Dancing, A Question of Sport and Later with…..Jools Holland.
Lamb will also sit on BBC Studio’s executive committee.
The move follows the July announcement made by BBC Studios director Mark Linsey that the prodco’s entertainment department would be divided into two distinct areas, with each arm receiving dedicated focus and new creative leadership.
Lamb joined talkbackThames in 2008, becoming head of entertainment two years later. There, she launched ITV’s Take Me Out and co-created and developed its successful spin-off series Take Me Out: The Gossip for ITV2. She also revived Channel 4′s forthcoming Christmas special The Price Is Right with Alan Carr and ITV’s Blankety Blank with David Walliams, and exec produced 11 series of ITV’s All Star Family Fortunes and BBC1′s celebrity physical game show Hole In The Wall.
“Suzy Lamb is an award-winning, class act whose experience and expertise in the field of entertainment and music production is incredibly impressive,” said Linsey, in a statement.
“The BBC has a very special place in my heart. To be returning after 11 years in the independent sector to be part of BBC Studios’ future, making world class entertainment and music shows is hugely exciting,” added Lamb. “I am looking forward to working with the teams to build on the success of the existing brands and also to create some fantastic new ones.”
The BBC Trust formally approved the launch of BBC Studios as a wholly owned subsidiary in December 2016, allowing for the television production arm to make programs for UK and international broadcasters and channels.