BBC’s Patrick Holland joins Banijay UK as exec chairman as Peter Salmon steps down

The BBC’s Patrick Holland is returning to the production sphere and boarding Banijay UK as its executive chairman, as longtime UK television executive Peter Salmon steps down from the role. Most ...
December 14, 2021

The BBC’s Patrick Holland is returning to the production sphere and boarding Banijay UK as its executive chairman, as longtime UK television executive Peter Salmon steps down from the role.

Most recently director of factual, arts and classical music for the Beeb, Holland will take up his new role at the beginning of the second quarter of 2022. In the post, he’ll head up the Paris-headquartered superindie’s stable of 20 unscripted and scripted prodcos, which includes Dragonfly, IWC, Kudos, RDF, Remarkable, Shine TV, Tiger Aspect, Workerbee, Yellow Bird UK and Zeppotron. Banijay UK CEO, Lucinda Hicks, will report to Holland, while he will report to Banijay’s CEO, Marco Bassetti, and work closely in-territory with group COO, Peter Langenberg.

Prior to his most recent role at the BBC, Holland served as controller for BBC Two from March of 2017, following his appointment as channel editor in 2016. Factual successes during his tenure included Once Upon a Time in Iraq, The Detectives, Hospital, Murder 24/7, The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty, House of Assad, Blair and Brown, 9/11 Inside the President’s War Room, The Last Survivors and Forensics. Factual entertainment hits developed under his watch included the rejuvenated Top Gear and Sewing Bee with Joe Lycett, Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr, and Race Across the World.

Prior to that post, Holland was head of commissioning for documentaries at the BBC, with such titles as Ambulance, Reported Missing, The Real Marigold Hotel and Hospital developed and commissioned during that time.

The move sees Holland return to the British production company landscape, where, prior to his time with the BBC, he served as managing director at Boundless (part of Fremantle UK) and prior to that, director of factual at Ricochet.

The appointment also comes in tandem with the departure of former Endemol Shine executive Peter Salmon from the role. His exit, set for spring and announced prior to Holland’s appointment, comes as Banijay completes the initial process of integrating the UK companies it gained through the acquisition of Endemol Shine in 2020. Salmon was global chief creative officer of Endemol Shine prior to taking the Banijay UK executive chairman role.

“With unrivalled knowledge of the UK market following a hybrid producer/commissioner career, Patrick couldn’t be better placed to take on the reins of the business and join our global collective of creative entrepreneurs,” said Bassetti in a statement regarding the new appointment. “Sitting at the helm of a portfolio of best-in-class talent, there is huge opportunity to further grow the pipeline of premium programming and build on Banijay UK’s existing track record — we look forward to seeing the local group further soar under his direction.”

“Banijay UK represents an extraordinary group of companies, led by some of the very best creatives in the business, so it is hugely exciting to be asked to take on this challenge,” added Holland. “The range and quality produced across the labels is unparalleled and, together with the hugely talented Lucinda Hicks, I’ll do all I can to help their continued growth and development. I’ve had six wonderful years as a commissioner at the BBC, but the scope and ambition of the new role made the return to production irresistible.”

“It’s been tremendous fun first of all spearheading the creative charge globally for the group, then helping lead such a powerhouse of U.K. producers this past couple of years, supporting Lucinda and a brilliant team of MDs,” offered Salmon. “Banijay U.K. is now well and truly established and thriving, and it’s a good time to move on. This phase is very much the culmination of the Endemol Shine sale and subsequent consolidation in the U.K., and I’m very happy to have led it to this point — the logical time to move on.”

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