Philippa Kowarsky will join the BBC as the commissioning editor for ‘Storyville,’ the broadcaster’s documentary strand.
Kowarsky’s (pictured) focus will be to identify and co-produce original documentary features from around the world. Kowarsky will report to Rose Garnett, the director of BBC Film.
The BBC also announced on Thursday (Aug. 12) that Jo Lapping will be taking on an enhanced role as head of factual acquisitions, reporting to Sue Deeks, head of program acquisition.
Lapping will acquire documentary films and factual programming for the BBC working closely with Kowarsky at Storyville to expand the number of feature documentaries across BBC channels and iPlayer.
“Philippa’s extraordinary experience and formidable reputation as a champion for bold, original stories and filmmakers make this a truly exciting appointment,” Garnett said in a news release.
Currently, Kowarsky works for Cinephil, an international sales and advisory firm which she founded in 1997 and where she is currently managing director. Here, Kowarsky brought in independent international documentary productions, while marketing, distributing and selling documentaries globally, and acting as a co-producer and executive producer.
Kowarsky has represented and overseen Academy Award-nominated films at Cinephil like Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn’s The Act of Killing and Alexander Nanau’s Collective. Her production credits include Dror Moreh’s The Gatekeepers, Andre Singer’s Night Will Fall and Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Flee, which won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Documentary section at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.