Julie Swanston

Channel 5 onboard first BBC Earth original

The UK’s Channel 5 and BBC Worldwide have co-commissioned an extreme weather series that will be the first original for new thematic network BBC Earth. Weather Terror is a six-part series that debuts this Friday on Channel 5 at 8pm. Internationally (excluding the UK and Ireland), the BBC’s commercial arm has rights and is rolling […]

BBC hires commissioner for int’l Earth channel

BBC Worldwide has recruited Kirsty Hanson as commissioning executive for its international factual channel BBC Earth. Hanson joins from Warner Bros Television Production UK.-owned UK prodco Twenty Twenty where her exec producer credits include The Restaurant Man for BBC Two. At Worldwide, she will report to commissioning vice president Julie Swanston. Hanson will develop and […]

BBCWW adds two commissioning execs

BBC Worldwide has appointed executives formerly of National Geographic and Viacom respectively to its global commissioning team. Hannah Demidowicz joins from Nat Geo Channels International, where she was commissioning executive and European head of programmes, while Andrea Speziale Bagliacca was most recently Viacom’s VP, commissioning. Both become BBCWW commissioning editors, with Demidowicz reporting in to […]

BBC Worldwide content push continues with promotion

BBC Worldwide has upped executive producer Julie Swanston to VP of commissioning in Worldwide’s channels content team. Swanston (pictured) will focus on commissioning original content for BBC Brit and BBC Earth – two of three new global BBC genre brands that are due to roll out on a market-by-market basis later this year and in […]

BBC Worldwide hires ex-UKTV, Channel 4 commissioning execs

BBC Worldwide has expanded its commissioning team with execs from UKTV and Channel 4. UKTV’s commissioning editor of entertainment Julie Swanston and Channel 4’s former commissioning editor of specialist factual Lucy Pilkington have joined the UK pubcaster’s commercial arm as executive producers. Swanston will be responsible for generating entertainment content for BBCWW’s channels, including US […]