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Alan Holland to lead BBCS Productions doc unit, Amy Flanagan steps down

BBC Studios Factual Productions has tapped Alan Holland to lead its Documentary Unit. He will succeed Amy Flanagan, who is stepping down due to family illness. Glasgow-based Holland, previously creative director for the ...
June 28, 2021

BBC Studios Factual Productions has tapped Alan Holland to lead its Documentary Unit.

He will succeed Amy Flanagan, who is stepping down due to family illness.

Glasgow-based Holland, previously creative director for the Documentary Unit’s teams in Scotland and Manchester and deputy to Flanagan, will report into Tom McDonald, MD of factual.

He will lead the whole unit, overseeing all programming from bases in Scotland, London, Salford and Cardiff, and takes up the role immediately.

In her tenure, Flanagan, who took up the role in 2019, secured multiple commissions from the BBC, Channel 4, Sky and Channel 5 including Michael X, A Life in Ten Pictures and Undercover Police: Hunting Paedophiles, as well as a number of soon to be announced new projects, according to the studio.

The unit’s creative team, which includes Kirsty Cunningham, Cate Hall and — soon to join from BBC commissioning –Abigail Priddle, will now all report into Holland.

BBC Studios’ Documentary Unit spans five bases across the UK in London, Cardiff, Salford, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

“Amy achieved a huge amount in her time running the Documentary Unit and leaves with a body of work to be proud of,” said McDonald via a statement. “I’m genuinely sad to see her go but I know Alan is the perfect person to see the department through its next phase of growth; he’s been doing exceptional work since he joined BBC Studios a year ago. He’s that rare combination of brilliant leader and exceptional creative.”

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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