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Chief content officer Helen Jackson to exit BBCWW

Helen Jackson is stepping down from her role as CCO with BBCWW Jackson’s exit follows the announcement of the final tranche of appointments for the newly merged BBC Studios executive committee. In November, the ...
January 19, 2018

Helen Jackson is stepping down from her role as CCO with BBCWW

Jackson’s exit follows the announcement of the final tranche of appointments for the newly merged BBC Studios executive committee. In November, the BBC decided to merge its commercial division, BBCWW, and its indie production unit, BBC Studios, forming one commercial organization.

She will remain at BBC Studios throughout 2018, where she will continue to work with its production partners.

Jackson was appointed CCO in December 2012, and was responsible for the creative and commercial vision for BBC Worldwide’s content strategy, the company’s content development and acquisition activity, channels curation and editorial standards.

She joined BBCWW more than two decades ago, working previously as MD, content and production and, before, director of independents.

“Helen’s contribution to the BBC is hard to overstate,” said Tim Davie, BBC Studios CEO, in a statement. “She has had both the vision and the relationships to attract numerous producers to BBC Worldwide over many years and is rightly held in the highest regard both inside and outside the organization.”

BBC Studios has appointed genre managing directors and three regional presidents to complete its senior lineup.

Hannah Wyatt has been tapped to lead factual entertainment and events, while Lisa Opie, has been named MD for factual. Nick Betts has been appointed MD for scripted, and Suzy Lamb is now MD for entertainment and music.

Each MD will be responsible for leading the commercial, creative and business teams within BBC Studios production, and developing and implementing the business strategy for their genre.

Internationally, Ann Sarnoff has been named president of the Americas, while Marcus Arthur has been named president of UK and Ireland and Australia/New Zealand. Paul Dempsey is now president of Global Markets.

Each regional president will be responsible for leading content sales, branded services including joint ventures, consumer products and other commercial exploitation activities in their market.

 

 

 

 

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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