BBCWW names acquisitions head, hires commissioning execs

BBC Worldwide has made three appointments in its factual entertainment and entertainment team. (Pictured: Hannah Demidowicz (left) and Nicki McDermott)
August 20, 2014

BBC Worldwide has made three appointments in its factual entertainment and entertainment team, hiring two new commissioning executives and naming a head of acquisitions.

Nicki McDermott (pictured, right) – who joined BBC Worldwide’s acquisitions team in October – has been promoted to the role of head of acquisitions for entertainment, where she will oversee brands including Top Gear and Dancing with the Stars. The former UKTV exec will report to Tracy Forsyth, genre director of factual entertainment and entertainment.

“Formats and Entertainment are core genres for BBC Worldwide and I will be seeking out new programs that will delight and entertain audiences both in the UK and overseas,” said McDermott in a statement.

“The UK production industry is alive with ideas and I’m looking forward to working with production teams across both the BBC and indie community to see more great ideas made and seen by audiences all around the world,” she added.

Meanwhile, BBC Worldwide has also expanded its commissioning team, with former National Geographic commissioning exec Hannah Demidowicz (pictured, left) and former Viacom VP of commissioning Andrea Speziale-Bagliacca joining as commissioning executives.

Demidowicz and Speziale-Bagliacca will be responsible for developing and commissioning original content for BBC Worldwide’s new genre brands BBC Brit and BBC Earth, and will also work with international channels such as BBC America to develop globally focused original series.

Demidowicz will report to both Ricky Kelehar, VP of commissioning for BBC America, and Julie Swanston, VP of commissioning for BBC Worldwide, while Speziale-Bagliacca will report only to Swanston.

Swanston said both “have fantastic track records in developing ambitious global series, and this experience will be invaluable in supporting our commissioning strategy for BBC Worldwide’s new global genre brands and our network of international channels.”

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