Mark Freeland

Working Title UK hires ex-BBC comedy chief

Working Title Television UK has hired former BBC comedy chief Mark Freeland to run its comedy unit. He will join the NBCUniversal International Studios (NBCUIS)-backed producer as head of television comedy, working closely with Andrew Woodhead, managing director of Working Title Television, as well as NBCUIS president Michael Edelstein and executive VP of scripted JoAnn […]

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 […]

BBC Studios names Taylor replacement

BBC Studios has appointed the BBC’s controller of rights, legal and business affairs to become genre director of entertainment and events. Roger Leatham will replace Katie Taylor, who left last month as one of a series of changes that have followed Mark Linsey becoming director of the BBC’s new production unit. This puts Leatham in […]

BBC Studios exodus continues with unscripted exits

The lead BBC exec at motoring series Top Gear is the latest senior staffer to leave the British broadcaster’s new studios arm. Katie Taylor (left), who also oversees Strictly Come Dancing at the UK pubcaster, is leaving her role as head of entertainment, music and events at BBC Studios. News of her departure came on […]

BBC Studios names comedy chief

The soon-to-launch BBC Studios has hired a comedy chief, who will effectively replace former comedy controller Myfanwy Moore. Chris Sussman (pictured) has been named head of comedy at BBC Studios, the commercial production arm of the UK’s pubcaster, the BBC. Sussman will move from his current post as commissioning editor for comedy at the BBC […]

BBC names Studios management

UK pubcaster the BBC has set out its senior management plans at its soon-to-launch production arm BBC Studios. Peter Salmon will run the division, which has proved controversial and been opposed by commercial rival ITV and producers group Pact. Mark Freeland will oversee drama and comedy. Factual will sit under Natalie Humphreys with natural history […]

BBC poaches comedy commissioning boss from ITV

The BBC has recruited Myfanwy Moore as its UK comedy controller. The UK pubcaster has poached Moore from its commercial rival ITV where she was commissioning editor, comedy. In her new role at the BBC she will lead the broadcaster’s comedy department. During her time at ITV Moore ordered series including Plebs, Vicious and Benidorm. […]

Freeland grabs top BBC in-house production role

The BBC’s controller of comedy production Mark Freeland has been promoted to a new role overseeing in-house production for drama, entertainment and comedy. Freeland in part replaces the departing BBC chief creative officer Pat Younge, with Natalie Humphreys recently appointed controller, factual production, to take on Younge’s other previous duties at the UK pubcaster. In […]