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BBC Studios MD of UK production Lisa Opie stepping down: reports

BBC Studios managing director of UK production Lisa Opie is reportedly stepping down after nearly a decade at the commercial arm of the BBC. The executive (pictured), who reported to the studio’s ...
February 26, 2021

BBC Studios managing director of UK production Lisa Opie is reportedly stepping down after nearly a decade at the commercial arm of the BBC.

The executive (pictured), who reported to the studio’s director of content Ralph Lee, is expected to depart in the coming months.

News of Opie’s departure was first reported in UK trade Broadcast.

Opie took on her most recent post at the studio in April 2019. She was responsible for delivering BBC Studios Productions’ business plan and defining and delivering commercial strategy, while also being accountable for risk and business management.

Prior to that role, she was MD of factual production, at BBC Studios, leading the creative heads, production management and business teams responsible for producing programs such as Blue Planet II, Killed By My Debt and Basquiat – Rags to Riches.

Under her leadership, the factual production team has secured third-party commissions including BBC Studios’ first non-BBC commission Wildlife Warriors (formerly The Red List) for Discovery, Royal Wedding Watch for PBS, Fatberg Autopsy: The Secrets of the Sewers for Channel 4 and Stay Free: The Story of The Clash for Spotify.

She was previously the BBC’s controller of business for factual and daytime, responsible for all business activities across factual and daytime from production management through to business affairs and commercial strategy, working with independent production companies and BBC in-house production.

Before joining the BBC in 2013, Opie was MD of Two Four Digital, where she helped create digital channels and content for brands, broadcasters and businesses.

Previously she was MD of content at Channel Five, responsible for creative and editorial strategy for Five’s family of channels, and MD of Flextech Television, a former partner with the BBC in UKTV.

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