×

BBC’s Jane Tranter moving to L.A.

Exec will be joint head of production in U.S.

BBC drama topper Jane Tranter is relocating to Los Angeles as joint head of BBC Worldwide’s North American production biz.

She will spearhead BBC Worldwide’s ambitious plan to expand into drama and comedy.

Confirmation that Tranter will leave the BBC’s Television Center HQ in London to start her new gig in L.A. on Jan. 1 follows months of speculation and repeated denials from the BBC, including one from Tranter herself. But the move has been one of the worst-kept secrets in British media.

She will join BBC Worldwide as exec VP of programming and production, taking joint responsibility for North American production in L.A. and New York alongside Paul Telegdy, exec VP of content and production, USA.

Tranter, who has presided over a fertile phase in TV drama at the pubcaster, will report to Wayne Garvie, BBC Worldwide’s managing director content and production, and Garth Ancier, prexy of BBC Worldwide America.

Garvie said: “Jane Tranter is one of the most gifted television executives of her generation. She will be a beacon for British talent looking to succeed in the U.S.

“Jane and Paul Telegdy will form one of the most innovative, energetic and successful partnerships in Hollywood and take our existing American production business to another level.”

Tranter “has developed and overseen some of the most iconic dramas of the decade, many of which were co-produced with U.S. partners and enjoyed tremendous success in the States,” said Ancier.

Initially as head of drama and more recently as controller of fiction, a role that embraced comedy and acquisitions as well as drama, Tranter spearheaded a revival in BBC drama, which at the time was being outgunned by rival U.K. web ITV.

Among the shows she backed were “Doctor Who,” “Life on Mars,” “Bleak House,” “Robin Hood” and “Cranford.”

Tranter said: “Paul has already established a cracking pace and area of excellence out there, and I know that we have a huge and exciting task on our hands, and that we’ll have great fun tackling it. and am very pleased to be able to make the move to U.S. drama whilst staying within the BBC family.”

Tranter will step down as controller of fiction immediately.

Ben Stephenson will take over her commissioning role, although the BBC said Tranter would continue “to add strategic input to BBC Fiction as a whole until she leaves at the end of the year.”

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • George RR Martin

    George R.R. Martin Says HBO's 'Game of Thrones' Ending Won't Influence Future Novels

    Geroge R.R. Martin is sticking to his original plan when it comes to the future of “Game of Thrones.” In an interview with The Observer, Martin claimed that HBO’s controversial ending for the series would have no affect on the endings of the last two novels. “No, it doesn’t. It doesn’t change anything at all,” [...]

  • Listen: 'Pennyworth' Producer Talks Delving into

    Listen: 'Pennyworth' Executive Producer Talks Delving into Alfred's Backstory

    Bruno Heller may have served as an executive producer on the Batman-inspired series “Gotham” for the past five years, but it’s actually real-life people (not superheroes) that intrigue the producer the most. It’s for that exact reason that Heller’s newest series finds him exploring the origin stories of Batman’s butler Alfred in the Epix drama [...]

  • "Trust Issues" - Dylan and Lizzie

    'Instinct' Canceled After Two Seasons

    CBS has canceled “Instinct” after two seasons. Series creator Michael Rauch announced the cancellation Friday on Twitter, writing, “I’m very sad to relay the news that @instinctcbs won’t be renewed for a 3rd season. We will double up this Sunday and our season/series finale will be Aug 25.” Rauch also thanked series stars Alan Cumming [...]

  • Maisel Day

    My Mostly OK Maisel Day (Column)

    When Amazon announced its first-ever Maisel Day, I was intrigued. For one day, Aug. 15, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” fans and Angelenos (fangelenos?) could hit up various restaurants, theaters and retailers throughout Los Angeles for special deals, all at 1959 prices. Among the gems: $2.50 makeovers, $0.99 pastrami sandwiches and $0.30 for a gallon of [...]

  • Nordisk Film & TV Fond Announces

    Nordisk Film & TV Fond Backs Joachim Trier, Ole Bornedal, Yellow Bird

    Nordisk Film & TV Fond has announced three features, two series and a documentary set to receive $1.4m in financing, as well as distribution, dubbing and cultural initiative support recipients. Doing so, it highlights some of the key titles moving forward in the Nordic region. Already backed by the Danish Film Institute’s largest ever grant [...]

  • TV News Roundup: 'Silicon Valley' Final

    TV News Roundup: 'Silicon Valley's' Final Season Sets October Premiere Date

    In today’s roundup, “Silicon Valley” returns to HBO on Oct. 27 and Quibi greenlights a new cooking competition show “Dismantled.” DATES The fifth season of Netflix‘s “Peaky Blinders” will premiere on the streamer Oct. 4. The newest season will continue to follow one gangster family in the lawless streets of Birmingham, UK during the midst [...]

  • Peter Fonda Dead: 'Easy Rider' Star

    Peter Fonda, Star of 'Easy Rider,' Dies at 79

    Two-time Oscar nominee Peter Fonda, who became a counterculture icon when he co-wrote, produced and starred in seminal 1969 road movie “Easy Rider,” then showed Hollywood he could act about three decades later in “Ulee’s Gold,” died on Friday from lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 79. His sister Jane Fonda [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content