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BBC shuffles documentaries commissioning team

UK pubcaster BBC has bolstered its documentaries commissioning team following a reorganization. Hamish Fergusson has been tapped as commissioning editor. He most recently served as series editor on a new six-part ...
September 4, 2018

UK pubcaster BBC has bolstered its documentaries commissioning team following a reorganization.

Hamish Fergusson has been tapped as commissioning editor. He most recently served as series editor on a new six-part series School (w/t) from Label1 for BBC2. His directing and producing credits include the multi-award winning Educating Yorkshire, Inside Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Genderquake for Channel 4.

Also joining the team as commissioning editor is Emily Smith (pictured). She served as series producer on The Week the Landlords Moved In for BBC1, as well as An Hour to Save Your Life and RTS-winning series Employable Me for BBC2. Her other credits include Unsafe Sex in the City (BBC3), The Real Sleeping Beauty (BBC3) and the RTS Award-winning My Cancer (Channel 4 Education).

Meanwhile, Beejal Patel has been appointed to a commissioning executive role within the documentaries team. Patel joined the factual commissioning team on the BBC’s commissioner development program a year ago. She has so far helped deliver such series across the pubcaster as Ambulance, Saving Lives at Sea and Misfits Like Us. Before this, Beejal series produced the BAFTA-nominated Educating Essex and The Family, and was series consultant on the Grierson-winning The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds.

Joining the team on a one-year secondment is Max Gogarty as a commissioning editor, factual, working across both popular factual and documentary. He currently serves as an executive editor at BBC3 where he helped to create the short-form strategy for the channel and executive produced programs including Queer Britain, Britain’s Teenage Drugs Runners and the BAFTA-nominated Britain’s Forgotten Men. Before that, Gorgarty was head of development at Vice and directed the feature doc Chemsex, which was shortlisted for Grierson and BIFA Awards.

Smith and Patel are currently in their new posts. Fergusson joins Sept. 17 while Gogarty is expected to board the BBC team in October.

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Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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