BBC Worldwide has named current head of strategy Matt Garside to the new role of director of independent production.
A 10-year veteran of the BBC Group, Garside will be responsible for supporting individual company growth and development within the company’s indie portfolio, while seeking out future investment opportunities and ensuring effective governance of BBCWW’s indie investments.
He reports into BBCWW’s chief content officer Helen Jackson, and will sit on Jackson’s content board.
BBCWW’s indie equity relationships sit alongside its primary content partnership with BBC Studios, allowing BBC Worldwide to support both new and established indies through a mixture of financing and relationships, according to the commercial and distribution arm of the BBC.
BBCWW currently maintains equity stakes in 16 indies, including factual indie 72 Films, comedy TV prodco Baby Cow, as well as drama shingles Two Cities Television, Lookout Point and House Productions.
Garside most recently served as head of strategy and business development, working across a variety of regions and business areas. Previously, he held a variety of roles within BBC including head of business in commercial and business affairs at BBC TV; senior adviser for iPlayer at BBC TV; and head of planning and performance for BBC Online.