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BBC Drama Chief Ben Stephenson Looks to Move to U.S.: Reports

Ben Stephenson, the head of drama at the BBC, is planning a shift to the U.S., with J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot and Starz being suggested as potential targets, according to press reports.

Stephenson is believed to be looking to move into an internationally focused role, in which he can help forge co-production deals for big-budget drama projects.

Since replacing Jane Tranter in 2008, Stephenson has commissioned ratings hits like “Call the Midwife,” “Sherlock” and “Wolf Hall.” Other shows have included “Peaky Blinders,” “The Honorable Woman” and the upcoming adaptation of “War and Peace.” Many of these BBC productions have relied on U.S. co-production coin and foreign sales to get them made.

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