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BBC Studios Shakes Up Management Team, Hands Mark Linsey New Role

BBC Studios has shaken up its management team, with new roles for chief creative officer Mark Linsey and for drama and unscripted execs Liam Keelan and Mark Reynolds.

Linsey is taking on new responsibilities that will see him supervise BBC Studios’ linkups with producers, as well as the overarching content strategy and pipeline. From September, he will oversee the Content Partnerships Group at BBC Studios as part of his new role at the British pubcaster’s commercial and production arm.

Keelan and Reynolds get new titles: scripted portfolio director and unscripted portfolio director, respectively. Both report to Linsey. Their roles sit within the Content Partnerships team, and they will manage the relationships with producers in their respective genres.

BBC Studios said it would recruit another senior manager, with the title of new form portfolio director, who will lead on editorial strategy.

The restructure necessitates a new BBC Studios role which has yet to be filled, a director of content to oversee production in the U.K. That executive will work alongside Anna Mallett, managing director of production, who will have overall accountability for BBC Studios’ production business and operations, and international production and formats.

“These changes will put us in much stronger position to develop the very strongest relationships with British talent and deliver the best creative content for our audiences and our customers,” Linsey said. “We are going to be a better, bolder, braver partner to the industry, working with new talent, new content, and new platforms. And our Content Partnerships Group will be key to achieving that.”

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