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BBC Studios expands Mark Linsey’s remit, begins search for director of content

Global content company BBC Studios’ chief creative officer Mark Linsey has expanded his portfolio of responsibilities. Starting in September, Linsey’s duties will include taking charge of production relationships across the entire sector, ...
July 23, 2018

Global content company BBC Studios’ chief creative officer Mark Linsey has expanded his portfolio of responsibilities.

Starting in September, Linsey’s duties will include taking charge of production relationships across the entire sector, managing partnerships with indies and BBC Studios Production. He will also oversee the company’s IP strategy and pipeline, as well as BBC Studios’ content partnerships team.

BBC Studios CEO Tim Davie said in a release that “it’s imperative that we continue to develop our IP pipeline” in the digital space where competitors are constantly looking to ink direct deals with creative talent. Davie added that Linsey’s more than two decades of experience in the indie sector and his tenure in senior roles within the BBC “affords us the greatest opportunity to develop this area of our business significantly under his direction.”

Linsey will oversee the content partnerships team which currently consists of Mark Reynolds, director of unscripted and content partnerships, who is taking up the role of unscripted portfolio director; Liam Keelan, director of scripted and content partnerships, who is taking up the post of scripted portfolio director; and a yet-to-be-filled role for a new form portfolio director, that will lead editorial strategy for content and platforms.

Due to the changes in Linsey’s role, a new BBC Studios production lead and director of content will be appointed for the editorial strategy for BBC Studios content in the UK. This post will work with MD of production Anna Mallett. Both roles will report to Davie.

“We are entering a golden age of partnerships now – we must be offering market-leading creative and commercial partnership to a thriving portfolio of creative assets,” said Linsey in a statement. “These changes will put us in much stronger position to develop the very strongest relationships with British talent and deliver the best creative content for our audiences and our customers.”

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