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BBC Studios expands factual with doc unit, digital hires

BBC Studios (BBCS) is bolstering its factual operations with new hires and appointments, while streamlining its non-fiction production output along distinct genres. Unscripted division Factual Salford, which deals primarily with consumer, ...
November 16, 2020

BBC Studios (BBCS) is bolstering its factual operations with new hires and appointments, while streamlining its non-fiction production output along distinct genres.

Unscripted division Factual Salford, which deals primarily with consumer, topical, access-driven and live content, is being merged with BBC Studios Production’s documentary unit. As a result, BBCS’ factual production will now fall into three genre units: documentary, natural history and science.

Hires and appointments for the documentary unit, led by Amy Flanagan, include: Cate Hall, who joined BBCS Production earlier this year, now appointed as creative director, development; Alan Holland, currently creative director for Factual Salford, taking on the expanded role of creative director, Scotland and Salford; and new hire Kirsty Cunningham, who joins the team from UK prodco 72 Films as head of programs, London and Cardiff. She begins her position in January.

The doc unit is also bringing on board executive producer Joe Mather and producer Juliet Piper, who are joining from BBCS’s factual entertainment team. They will work on upping the crime programming roster from their base in Cardiff. Carl Doran is also joining the team on attachment from BBC Public Service as executive producer of sport, commencing in January.

Digital hires for the factual division include Molly Milton as executive producer for onscreen talent, and Arif Zaman, who is based in San Francisco and joining as executive producer of originals, partnerships and talent. They will be working to score commissions across digital and audio platforms.

“Both the documentary unit and the digital team have had significant success this year despite the challenges of a global pandemic, so this is the perfect moment to strengthen the creative leadership in both teams,” said Tom McDonald¬†(pictured), director of factual at BBC Studios Production, in a statement. “As well as ensuring there will be senior editorial and production staff in each of our bases, evolving into three factual units also presents us with a clearer face to market.”

About The Author
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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