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Twenty Twenty’s Naomi Benson to head development at BBCS Doc Unit

BBC Studios Factual Production has appointed Twenty Twenty executive Naomi Benson as head of development for its Documentary Unit. Benson (pictured) will join the studio this month, reporting to Cate Hall, ...
July 5, 2021

BBC Studios Factual Production has appointed Twenty Twenty executive Naomi Benson as head of development for its Documentary Unit.

Benson (pictured) will join the studio this month, reporting to Cate Hall, the unit’s creative director of development.

She will provide editorial direction with an eye toward stimulating creativity and ensuring the team generates ideas andĀ IP to suit various clients and platforms, focusing on growth into new territories with new buyers.

Benson joined Twenty Twenty in 2016 as a development exec with 13 years of experience in development and production, and she has overseen the development team since early 2020.

In that role, her development credits include Save Our Squad with David Beckham for Disney+; competition format All That Glitters for BBC2; social history format A House Through Time; The Choir: Our School by the Tower, both for BBC2; and BBC1′s flagship science doc Why Is Covid Killing People of Colour?

Prior to Twenty Twenty, Benson worked at Voltage, DSP and Lion, where her development credits included 24 Hours in the Past (BBC1); National Treasures Live (BBC1); Edwardian Farm and Wartime Farm (BBC2); and Outbreak Investigation (National Geographic).

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

Benson said in a statement: “I’m delighted to be joining the amazing team at The Documentary Unit. This is an extraordinary time to be a factual producer, and the unparalleled global reach and reputation of BBC Studios presents an incredible opportunity. I can’t wait to get in there and get going.”

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