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Disney hires former BBC, ITV exec Liam Keelan for TV originals in Europe, Africa

Former BBC executive Liam Keelan is boarding The Walt Disney Company in a newly created regional role that will have him overseeing original productions across Europe and Africa. Keelan (pictured), who has ...
February 14, 2020

Former BBC executive Liam Keelan is boarding The Walt Disney Company in a newly created regional role that will have him overseeing original productions across Europe and Africa.

Keelan (pictured), who has recently been acting as a media consultant for Amazon Studios, joins Disney’s television and direct-to-consumer business as VP of original productions of television for Europe & Africa, effective March 2.

Based in London, Keelan will be tasked with leading a team of development and production execs throughout the UK and across the region to deliver TV originals. In addition, he will oversee scripted, unscripted, fact-ent and animated originals across a number of genres, with content landing on Disney’s various platforms including Fox, the Disney Channel and Disney+.

Keelan – who has over 20 years of television experience – will report directly to Disney’s Diego Londono, EVP of media networks and content.

The exec most recently spent six years as director of scripted content at BBC Worldwide where he was responsible for securing and developing drama, comedy and children’s content.

Before this, Keelan served as global editorial director for BBC Worldwide and was controller for BBC Daytime and Early Peak where his commissions included quiz show Pointless.

Prior to joining BBC, Keelan held a variety of positions, including as controller for daytime at ITV, and head of scheduling and channel editor at UKTV.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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