BBC Films’ Chief Christine Langan to Join Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow

LONDON — Christine Langan, the head of BBC movie production arm BBC Films, is set to stand down and will join Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Prods. as CEO, a source has confirmed.

Baby Cow, which was set up in 1999 by Coogan and Henry Normal, has worked across film and TV. Its credits include the four-times Oscar-nominated movie “Philomena,” comedy film “Alan Partridge,” and TV series “Gavin and Stacey,” “The Mighty Boosh” and “The Trip.” The company announced in April that Normal was stepping down as CEO, and that the BBC’s global distribution division, BBC Worldwide, was increasing its stake in the company from 25% to 73%. Coogan said at the time: “Whether it’s our new comedy, drama or film projects we’ll be building on the success of our first 16 years with the same commitment to distinctive, original work.”

A spokesman for BBC Worldwide said Tuesday: “Baby Cow and BBC Worldwide have yet to complete their search for a new CEO for the business.”

Langan first made her name at Granada Television in the late 1990s, producing the first three seasons of hit TV show “Cold Feet,” and Peter Morgan’s BAFTA award-winning “The Deal” in 2003. She then moved into filmmaking with 2005’s “Pierrepoint,” starring Timothy Spall, for which she received a BAFTA nomination. The following year, she produced “The Queen,” which garnered the best actress Oscar for Helen Mirren, and an Oscar nomination for best picture. In 2006, she became an executive producer at BBC Films, and became head of BBC Films in 2009.

BBC Films co-produces about eight films a year. Its 2016 slate includes “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” “David Brent: Life on the Road,” “Florence Foster Jenkins” and “I, Daniel Blake,” which won Cannes’ Palme d’Or. Upcoming pics include “Stan and Ollie,” starring Coogan and John C. Reilly, “The Happy Prince,” starring Rupert Everett and Colin Firth, and “Denial,” starring Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson.

The news was first reported in Broadcast magazine.

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