Liam Keelan
Gemma Day
United Kingdom
2021

The Walt Disney Company

Liam
Keelan

VP, Original Productions, EMEA

Keelan is leading on Disney+ ambitions to commission 50 originals out of Europe by 2024, including for its general entertainment brand, Star. To date, greenlit projects include Sally Wainwright’s “The Ballad of Renegade Nell,” heist series “Culprits” and “Nautilus,” inspired by “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” On the unscripted side, David Beckham is fronting soccer show “Save Our Squad.” Scale, originality and talent are three key ingredients Keelan has said he is looking to bring to Disney+, and he’ll be drawing on his previous experience as director of scripted at BBC Worldwide to help secure those. A well-known figure in U.K. television, Keelan formerly ran daytime programming at both the BBC and ITV and has consulted for several independent production companies as well as Amazon Studios.

Career

  • BBC
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Disney+

Education

  • University of Warwick (UK)

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Disney Hires BBC Studios Alum to Lead TV Content for Europe and Africa

Disney Hires BBC Studios Alum to Lead TV Content for Europe and Africa

Former BBC scripted content portfolio director Liam Keelan has joined the Mouse House.The London-based exec will take on the newly created regional role of VP of original productions for television, where he is to oversee content for both channels and fledgling streaming service Disney+ in Europe and Africa.Leading a team of development and production executives in the U.K. and across the region, he will be responsible for scripted, unscripted, factual entertainment and animated originals across the company’s various genres with...

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