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BBC Studios Production appoints Amy Flanagan to lead Documentary Unit

Expectation Entertainment’s Amy Flanagan has been tapped to helm BBC Studios Production’s Documentary Unit. Flanagan (pictured) will report to the newly-appointed factual director Tom McDonald, leading the creative team and strategy. The Documentary Unit, ...
October 7, 2019

Expectation Entertainment’s Amy Flanagan has been tapped to helm BBC Studios Production’s Documentary Unit.

Flanagan (pictured) will report to the newly-appointed factual director Tom McDonald, leading the creative team and strategy.

The Documentary Unit, which has produced titles such as Thatcher: A Very British Revolution, Life and Death Row and Princess Margaret: The Rebel Royal, will merge with BBC Studios’ Pacific Quay Productions in Glasgow and Aberdeen and the digital team in London.

Most recently, Flanagan was co-creative director of factual at indie Expectation.

Her recent commissions include the documentary Superkids: Breaking Away from Care for Channel 4 and the returning series Travels in Trumpland with Ed Balls for BBC2.

Flanagan was previously deputy head of factual at Channel 4, promoted from head of documentaries. During that time, she commissioned 24 Hours in Police Custody, Hunted and documentaries including The Murder Detectives, My Son the Jihadi and The Romanians Are Coming.

Prior to Channel 4, Flanagan worked at The Garden, making the first series of 24 Hours in A&E and Bedlam for Channel 4. Her other credits include the series Keeping Britain Alive for BBC2 and The Victorian Sex Explorer with Rupert Everett.

“Amy Flanagan is a highly respected and awarded specialist factual and documentary-maker, who is great at empowering and nurturing film-making talent. I’m thrilled she is joining BBC Studios to build on our strong heritage and creativity in this area,” Ralph Lee, director of content at BBC Studios, said in a statement.

In other news, the BBC Studios Production Scotland team also secured the company’s first fully-funded commission in China. The factual series for China Mobile’s digital content subsidiary, Migu, tells the story of tea.

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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