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BBC Studios hires former Whizz Kid exec Lisa McCormack

BBC Studios Productions has appointed former Whizz Kid Entertainment exec Lisa McCormack as director of production for its entertainment and music division. In her new role, McCormack (pictured) will define and ...
May 1, 2019

BBC Studios Productions has appointed former Whizz Kid Entertainment exec Lisa McCormack as director of production for its entertainment and music division.

In her new role, McCormack (pictured) will define and execute the business and commercial strategy for the division and shepherd both the production and business teams in developing, winning and delivering commissions. She reports into Suzy Lamb, managing director of entertainment and music.

McCormack was previously head of production at London-based Whizz Kid Entertainment, managing all aspects of production and development for a variety of titles including Ex on the Beach and Lip Sync Battle UK. Additionally, she was responsible for securing co-funding and distribution deals and managed the legal and business affairs team.

Before joining Whizz Kid in 2010, McCormack held a variety of posts at MTV Networks International, including head of production and VP of production between 2000 and 2008.

BBC Studios Productions has created such formats as Strictly Come Dancing and Later… with Jools Holland.

Elsewhere, BBC has appointed a former ‘Panorama’ EP and BBC commissioner to the newly created role of head of TV commissioning for BBC England.

Aisling O’Connor has been given the new post as part of a revamp of BBC’s services in England.

In her new role, O’Connor will oversee BBC England’s non-news portfolio while developing opportunities to commission more TV and online content for English audiences by working with other branches of the pubcaster.

According to a BBC release, BBC England’s head of TV commissioning role was “created to develop a new approach to content commissioning for TV and online and to deliver content across other genres.”

The pubcaster currently only transmits current affairs or light factual programs aimed at specific audiences in the English regions.

O’Connor is currently the senior editorial policy adviser for BBC News and Current Affairs.

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