Lisa Opie

China Mobile’s Migu orders tea series from BBC Studios

BBC Studios (BBCS) has secured its first fully-funded production commission in China after striking a deal for a “landmark factual series” about tea from China Mobile’s OTT service Migu. One Cup, A Thousand Stories (6 x 50 minutes) will explore the roots and history of tea, exploring its impact on the country and other civilisations […]

BBC Studios appoints Lisa Opie as MD of UK production

BBC Studios has appointed Lisa Opie, its former factual production MD, as managing director of UK production. Opie will report to BBC Studios’ director of content Ralph Lee and be responsible for delivering the studio’s business plan, defining and delivering its commercial strategy and be accountable for risk and business management. She will sit on […]

BBC Studios reaches “new dawn” after Discovery wildlife commission

Discovery Channel has commissioned natural history series The Red List from BBC Studios, marking a “a new dawn” for the UK’s pubcaster. The order is first BBC Studios, the production arm of the BBC, has ever received outside of the BBC channels. BBC Studios has been a commercial entity with the greenlight to produce for […]

BBCWW’s content chief Helen Jackson set for departure

The newly formed BBC Studios has revealed today that its BBC Worldwide content chief, Helen Jackson, will depart after 31 years, as it revealed a host of executive appointments for the newly merged business. Jackson, who led the BBC’s acquisition of a range of successful production companies, will remain at BBC Studios throughout 2018 and […]

BBC Studios restructures entertainment arm

BBC Studios is splitting its entertainment, music and events arm into two, with current divisional chief Roger Leatham set to take a new role as a result. New creative leaders are being sought for an entertainment and music division and a separate factual entertainment and events arm. Leatham, who is currently director of entertainment, music […]

BBC Studios taps Red Planet for Wales drama chief

Red Planet Pictures’ Simon Winstone is joining the production arm of UK pubcaster the BBC. He will be head of drama – Wales at BBC Studios, which this month switched from a non-profit organisation to a wholly-owned BBC commercial subsidiary. BBC Studios’ Welsh productions include sci-fi stalwart Doctor Who, soap Casualty (which head of continuing drama […]

TBI Interview: Mark Linsey’s Studios system

The BBC’s production arm has become a commercial subsidiary, changing its business model for the first time in more than half a century. Founding BBC Studios director Mark Linsey tells Jesse Whittock how the UK creative giant will evolve. “We have a reputation as the best programme makers in the world, and that’s really important […]

Ahmed exits BBC Studios in rejig

The BBC’s long-serving religious programming chief, Aaqil Ahmed, as the UK’s pubcaster restructures its unscripted production division. Ahmed (left) is leaving BBC Studios role as his division, BBC Religion and Ethics, becomes part of new BBC unit Factual Scotland. Another long-serving BBC factual exec, Mark Hedgecoe (below, right), has been named as head of Factual […]

Veteran producer to run BBC Natural History

The BBC has appointed veteran producer Julian Hector as head of its respected Natural History Unit. The NHU is part of BBC Studios, the UK pubcaster’s overarching production division, and Hector assumes the role vacated by Wendy Darke earlier this year amid a raft of management changes. Darke has since set up her own prodco, […]

BBC Studios names factual chief

UK pubcaster the BBC has gone in-house to appoint its first director of factual for its new BBC Studios production arm. Current controller of business for factual and daytime Lisa Opie has been named in the role, following the appointment of Roger Leatham, who became director of entertainment, music and events recently, and Nick Betts […]