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Channel 4′s Ralph Lee joins BBC Studios as director of content

BBC Studios has appointed former Channel 4 interim creative chief Ralph Lee to the newly created role of director of content. Taking up his new position in October, Lee will have full control ...
August 9, 2018

BBC Studios has appointed former Channel 4 interim creative chief Ralph Lee to the newly created role of director of content.

Taking up his new position in October, Lee will have full control of BBC Studios Production’s creative strategy in Britain. This appointment follows the announcement last month of chief creative officer Mark Linsey’s expanded remit across all of BBC Studios’ intellectual property generating activities.

As director of content, Lee’s main responsibilities will include expanding BBC Studios Production’s UK editorial strategy, working with creative leadership on generating new ideas and buildings its development slate, while also taking the helm for production management.

The genre managing directors for factual, scripted, factual entertainment and events, and entertainment and music will now all report into Lee.

Lee, meanwhile, will report to CEO Tim Davie and will sit on BBC Studios’ executive committee. He will also work closely alongside MD of production Anna Mallett.

Lee brings 25 years’ experience in the British television sector to BBC Studios. He has spent the past 15 years in UK network commissioning roles, primarily at Channel 4, and in a range of factual production roles.

He joins the BBC from Channel 4 where he most recently held the title of interim chief creative officer, having previously served as deputy chief creative officer from 2014 to 2017, with editorial leadership of All 4.

From 2010 to 2014, he was Channel 4′s head of factual responsible for commissioning such titles as The Secret Life of Four Year Olds, Gogglebox, First Dates, Benefits Street and Educating Yorkshire. Prior to that, he worked as head of specialist factual at Channel 4, commissioning Inside Nature’s Giants, Mummifying Alan and Plane Crash. 

“I am thrilled to be joining BBC Studios at such a key point in its journey, off the back of its commercial debut and recent merger,” said Lee, in a statement. “With depth and richness across multiple genres, BBC Studios already has fantastic creative credentials, and I am looking forward to working with everyone there to realize our future ambitions and take our output from strength to strength.”

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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