BBC Studios has promoted Ryan O’Dowd to executive vice president of entertainment and music for its Los Angeles production arm, the company announced on Wednesday (Dec. 1).
In O’Dowd’s new role, his aim will be to develop high-profile, talent-driven projects, entertainment formats and original series in the game show, music and lifestyle genres. O’Dowd will work with talent, industry executives, writers, UK producers from BBC Studios and independent producers on formats and original programs for the U.S. market.
O’Dowd has led the unscripted team at BBC Studios to develop, sell and produce U.S. adaptations of global formats as well as original series such as Weakest Link, When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren, Ex-Rated and Murder Among the Mormons. Currently, O’Dowd is an executive producer on NBC’s Weakest Link, which was successful enough for the format to receive a series order in Australia and return to BBC One in the UK. O’Dowd also served as an executive producer on Breaking Bobby Bones, which premiered on National Geographic this year.
“Ryan has been a driving force in leading the charge for us to achieve record growth in unscripted over the past year, and I look forward to him playing an even greater role in expanding our business,” said Valerie Bruce, general manager of LA Productions, BBC Studios, in a statement.
“He brings passion, commitment and endless energy to every project he tackles. His creativity, along with his development acumen and his flair for talent relations, have proven to be a winning combination.”
O’Dowd was most recently BBC Studios’ senior vice president of entertainment development, LA productions. Before joining BBC Studios, he worked as vice president of development for Ryan Seacrest Productions.