Just seven months after he was tapped to lead BBC Studios, Peter Salmon (pictured) is stepping down from the British pubcaster’s production division to serve as chief creative officer at Endemol Shine Group.
In the new role, Salmon will lead the creative direction of the company’s worldwide network of 120 production companies. He will have oversight of Endemol’s UK business – working with CEO Richard Johnston and COO Lucinda Hicks – and on the international tip, the exec will “accelerate” the roll-out of content across linear and digital platforms, with Lisa Perrin‘s Creative Networks branch also reporting to him.
He is to board Endemol in early summer, reporting to CEO Sophie Turner Laing.
Salmon, a former BBC England exec who joined BBC Studios last July, said in a statement, “I agreed with Tony Hall I would help get BBC Studios successfully through this first phase, establishing a strong senior team, its direction and remit, so this feels like an appropriate time for a successor to come in and take up the baton.
“I’ve already had the privilege of working with many of the production companies under the Endemol Shine umbrella in the UK and I’m a great admirer of shows created by the group globally,” said Salmon. “It’s an incredibly talented international team, which I can’t wait to join and collaborate with on bringing content to screens and audiences across the world.”
He noted that he will work over the next couple of months to ensure a smooth handover at BBC Studios.
During his time at the Beeb, Salmon has served as controller of BBC1, director of sport, chief creative officer of BBC Vision and founding director of BBC North. His other leadership positions include turns as CEO of indie The Television Corporation, controller of factual programs for Channel 4 and director of programs for Granada Television.
Turner Laing in a statement called Salmon a “true creative champion,” adding that, “His experience will be invaluable as we look to the future having successfully united our global business over the last year, and his enthusiasm for the new role is infectious.”
Elsewhere, Emma Moloney – formerly general counsel at News Corp’s national newspaper group News UK – will become general counsel of Endemol Shine Group, leading the company’s legal affairs team and overseeing the distribution business. She will work with Endemol Shine International CEO Cathy Payne.
Finally, as previously announced in October, Boudewijn Beusmans moves into his new role as CEO of Endemol Shine Netherlands. The exec will also continue in an international capacity as executive VP for Endemol Shine Group, advising on partnerships, talent deals, governance and strategy.
Endemol presently has more than 120 production companies in 30 markets, as well as a portfolio of over 600 titles produced in more than 50 languages.