BBC Lionheart unveils massive restructuring

This article was corrected on October 23, 1992. Candace Carlisle’s new role and previous position at BBC Lionheart were incorrectly described (Daily Variety, Oct. 22). Carlisle was formerly VP, PBS sales, and is now VP, PBS co-productions and sales.

Responding to a 70% boost in sales, BBC Lionheart has revamped its internal organizational structure, merging sales and co-production teams and dividing duties by program genre, according to Sarah Frank, the company’s CEO.

“The business has been growing steadily and in an exciting fashion,” said Frank.

“Before there were two separate teams and people were less aware of what the others were doing. Also there were too many people calling on the same client.”

Under the restructure, Eileen Opatut, formerly executive VP, co-productions, becomes executive VP, co-productions and sales.

According to Frank, the revamp does not result in a loss or gain of jobs at the company.

“By doing this we are now able to concentrate on other areas of the business, ” Frank said. She cited such things as homevideo, news footage sales, and licensing as some of the areas the company would seek to exploit.

Other changes include:

  • Mary Silverman, formerly VP, co-productions, becomes VP of co-productions and sales. She will oversee children’s, music, drama and arts categories.

  • Sylvia Delia, formerly VP cable sales, becomes VP, co-productions and sales , responsible for light entertainment, comedy, network features, science, youth and special products.

  • Candace Carlisle, formerly manager, co-productions, has been promoted to director, co-productions and sales.

  • Karen Hanley, formerly manager, co-productions, has been upped to director of co-productions and sales responsible for the natural history unit and a majority of the documentary work.

  • Lisa Harrison has been named manager of co-productions and sales administration.

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