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Philippa Kowarsky steps down as BBC ‘Storyville’ commissioning editor

Roughly a year after taking up the position of commissioning editor for BBC ‘Storyville,’ Philippa Kowarsky is stepping down from the role and leaving the company. In an internal note sent to BBC staff, ...
August 4, 2022

Roughly a year after taking up the position of commissioning editor for BBC ‘Storyville,’ Philippa Kowarsky is stepping down from the role and leaving the company.

In an internal note sent to BBC staff, director of BBC Film Eva Yates said Kowarsky (pictured) is leaving the team to pursue ventures outside the BBC. In Kowarsky’s place, Yates will act as the interim contact for commissioning decisions and concerns.

“I would like to personally thank Philippa for her contribution to the success of ‘Storyville’ over the past year, during which time she has built a rich and varied slate of films. I wish her all the best for her future plans,” Yates wrote.

After joining ‘Storyville’ in August of last year, Kowarsky focused on identifying and coproducing original documentary features from around the world. Prior to boarding the BBC, Kowarsky represented and oversaw a number of Academy Award–nominated docs at the film sales and advisory firm Cinephil, including The Act of Killing and Collective. Her production credits include The Gatekeepers, Night Will Fall and the Oscar-nominated Flee.

Yates, meanwhile, was hired to the BBC in 2017 as a commissioner and executive producer, in which capacity she commissioned more than 30 features. She was promoted to director of BBC Film earlier this year, which gave her oversight of ‘Storyville’ and established Kowarsky as her direct report.

About The Author
Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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