BBCWW completes acquisitions, content strategy reorg

Five genre specialist teams will work with production partners from within the BBC and BBCWW, as well as UK and overseas indies to acquire, develop, and coproduce content.
February 10, 2012

BBC Worldwide has completed the reorganization of its BBC Content Acquisition, Content Strategy and Indie Unit teams, a process that began in the fall of last year.

The new structure sees the creation of five teams of genre specialists for factual, drama, music, comedy, and entertainment. Each genre team will work with production partners within the BBC and BBCWW production offices, as well as UK and overseas indies, in the acquiring, development and coproduction of content.

Jo Sermon and Mark Reynolds will head up the factual team as directors, while Matt Paice will head up entertainment. Simon Danker will oversee music, Caroline Torrance will head up drama, and Stuart Snaith will lead comedy. Pre-school will continue to be overseen by Henrietta Hurford Jones.

“Being the best partner for the BBC, indies and UK creative talent generally, goes to the absolute heart of what we do here,” said Helen Jackson, managing director, content and production for BBC Worldwide. “With this strong genre focus now in place, I’m confident that content producers will really benefit from greater specialism, market understanding and passion for opportunities.”

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 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.