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Chief content officer Helen Jackson to exit BBCWW

Helen Jackson is stepping down from her role as CCO with BBCWW Jackson’s exit follows the announcement of the final tranche of appointments for the newly merged BBC Studios executive committee. In November, the ...
January 19, 2018

Helen Jackson is stepping down from her role as CCO with BBCWW

Jackson’s exit follows the announcement of the final tranche of appointments for the newly merged BBC Studios executive committee. In November, the BBC decided to merge its commercial division, BBCWW, and its indie production unit, BBC Studios, forming one commercial organization.

She will remain at BBC Studios throughout 2018, where she will continue to work with its production partners.

Jackson was appointed CCO in December 2012, and was responsible for the creative and commercial vision for BBC Worldwide’s content strategy, the company’s content development and acquisition activity, channels curation and editorial standards.

She joined BBCWW more than two decades ago, working previously as MD, content and production and, before, director of independents.

“Helen’s contribution to the BBC is hard to overstate,” said Tim Davie, BBC Studios CEO, in a statement. “She has had both the vision and the relationships to attract numerous producers to BBC Worldwide over many years and is rightly held in the highest regard both inside and outside the organization.”

BBC Studios has appointed genre managing directors and three regional presidents to complete its senior lineup.

Hannah Wyatt has been tapped to lead factual entertainment and events, while Lisa Opie, has been named MD for factual. Nick Betts has been appointed MD for scripted, and Suzy Lamb is now MD for entertainment and music.

Each MD will be responsible for leading the commercial, creative and business teams within BBC Studios production, and developing and implementing the business strategy for their genre.

Internationally, Ann Sarnoff has been named president of the Americas, while Marcus Arthur has been named president of UK and Ireland and Australia/New Zealand. Paul Dempsey is now president of Global Markets.

Each regional president will be responsible for leading content sales, branded services including joint ventures, consumer products and other commercial exploitation activities in their market.

 

 

 

 

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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