Staffer to be managing director of content and production
BBC Worldwide veteran Helen Jackson has been tapped as the outfit’s managing director of content and production.Jackson, who joined the U.K. pubcaster’s commercial arm two decades ago, replaces Wayne Garvie, who is heading up local shingle All3Media’s international program-making activity. Jackson will be responsible for all of BBC Worldwide’s TV production and formats business, which includes hits such as “Dancing With the Stars,” known as “Strictly Come Dancing” in the U.K. Currently Worldwide’s director of independents, Jackson has been acting managing director, content and production, since Garvie exited in September. Her areas of expertise encompass international sales and distribution, marketing and content investment. A decade ago, Jackson launched Worldwide’s Indie Unit, which manages TV acquisitions from independents. Latterly her work with shingles has included developing close partnerships and collaboration across the sector via long-term development deals, seed investment, and several equity stakes in U.K. and overseas production combos. Worldwide CEO John Smith said: “Helen’s ability to build and navigate complex commercial partnerships across the U.K. production landscape has earned her great respect from the industry and helped fund many of Britain’s favorite television hits.” Jackson takes over her new role immediately.