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Jane Tranter Leaving BBC Worldwide Prods.; Matt Forde Named as Replacement

Jane Tranter will step down as head of BBC Worldwide Productions and Adjacent Productions to launch her own production company, BBC Worldwide North America announced Monday.

She will be replaced by Matt Forde, whose title will change from EVP of TV sales and digital distribution to EVP of content production, sales and distribution. He will split his time between New York and Los Angeles as his role expands to cover Los Angeles-based productions. Forde will report to incoming BBC Worldwide North America prexy Ann Sarnoff, who takes the reins from Herb Scannell in August.

“Since arriving in the U.S., Jane has systematically grown and diversified our production base in Los Angeles,” commented Scannell. “She energized ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ which concluded its 20th season this year; took the company into scripted development and production with ‘DaVinci’s Demons’ and ‘Getting On’; and grew our network of partners by building relationships with highly regarded cable channels. We wish her the very best in her new venture. Matt is unmistakably a champion of producers, writers, and creators — this coupled with his passion for the BBC’s unrivaled, high-quality output will no doubt prove to be a win for the company and our valued partners. I’m proud of what Jane has accomplished, and look forward to seeing Matt soar in his new, expanded role.”

Joining Tranter in her transfer to her own shingle is Julie Gardner, BBC Worldwide North America’s SVP of scripted programming. She and Tranter worked together on “Getting On” and “DaVinci’s Demons,” as well as on the upcoming HBO series “Crime.” Both departures will come in August.

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