Indie production unit BBC Studios has cemented its top line structure by bolstering its executive committee ahead of its merger with BBC Worldwide.
Led by Tim Davie, the rejigged BBC Studios will integrate program production, sales and distribution under one roof beginning April 2018. The commercial activities already carried out by BBCWW and BBC Studios will be brought together with a single business plan and combined operating model.
Forming the team under Davie will now be current BBC Studios chief operating officer Anna Mallett (pictured) as chief operating officer and managing director of production.
In her new role, Mallett will be responsible for all operations across BBC Studios, including property, technology, supply chain, and BBC Group-wide priorities and programs. As MD of production, she will lead business operations across all production areas alongside chief creative officer Mark Linsey, and will also oversee international production and formats.
Mallett, who has been with BBC Studios since its inception, has played a key role in establishing the unit’s business and operations to deliver commercial strength for the business.
Prior to joining BBC Studios, Mallett served as CEO of BBC Studioworks.
Also joining the newly-formed organization will be Martyn Freeman as general counsel, BBCW’s chief financial officer Tom Fussell and BBC Studios’ HR director Jabbar Sardar.
Last month, the Beeb unveiled that it would be merging BBC Studios with BBC Worldwide to form one commercial organization in April 2018.