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BBC America Taps Nena Rodrigue as Head of Original Programming

BBC America has chosen Nena Rodrigue as Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Acquisitions and Production following AMC Networks’ acquisition of the cabler. The newly created position will have Rodrigue overseeing all development, original productions, co-productions, and acquisitions for BBC America.

Rodrigue was formerly Senior Vice President of Programming and Production at SundanceTV under Sarah Barnett, who has transitioned to her new role as President of BBC America, following her stint as SundanceTV prexy. Rodrigue will continue to oversee SundanceTV development until a successor is named.

“Nena is a highly sophisticated programming executive, with a creative vision that will be invaluable for BBC America’s next phase of growth,” said Barnett. “Nena has helped drive SundanceTV’s evolution as a distinctive player in the scripted drama space, and she has played a key role in multiple SundanceTV-BBC co-productions. I couldn’t be more pleased to have her join the talented team at BBC America.”

The two networks are both part of the AMC Networks channel group, and BBC America is now operated as a joint venture between AMC Networks and BBC Worldwide.

Rodrigue has managed development of SundanceTV’s slate since March 2013, with shows including “Rectify”; “The Honorable Woman”; “The Returned”; “The Red Road”; and “Babylon,” along with new series “Hap and Leonard.” Prior to her time at SundanceTV, Rodrigue held various development and production roles for Dick Wolf’s Wolf Films, Touchstone TV, Imagine Television, Witt-Thomas productions, and in Fox’s alternative TV division.

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