BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) is shifting its programming focus to local formats and BBCWW-distributed series.
As first reported in Deadline, the move will see BBCWW move away from commissioning original content for its international channels, BBC Earth and BBC Brit.
“Our global network of branded services has grown and evolved since 2014 – with their commissioning strategies also adapting to best fit their content needs,” said a BBCWW spokesperson, in a statement given to realscreen. “As a result, much of the resource put into delivering global fact ent tape has been redirected towards meeting a growing demand for formats and fact ent that can be localized.”
Following this strategy shift, BBCWW has eliminated the two commissioning editor roles held by Hannah Demidowicz and Kirsty Hanson.
Demidowicz joined BBCWW’s Channels Content Team in 2014 as a commissioning editor focusing on the genre brands BBC Earth and BBC Brit. Prior to BBCWW, Demidowicz worked for National Geographic Channels International as commissioning executive and head of programs for Europe.
Hanson joined BBCWW in 2015 from UK indie Twenty Twenty.
The editors were responsible for greenlighting a host of series for BBCWW’s global channels, including Fishing Impossible, Are You Fitter Than a Maasai Warrior and Meet the Humans.
To help support BBCWW’s new series development strategy, the company will be creating a new executive/development producer role. The new hire will be announced in the next month or so, and will report to Tracy Forsyth.
While BBCWW will no longer commission original content for its Brit and Earth channels, the successful incumbent will be tasked with working with producing partners to identify content which the channels can help fund in other ways.