Nick Betts


BBC scripted boss to step down

BBC Studios scripted MD Nick Betts is to step down from his role over the next few weeks. Betts, who oversees popular titles such as Doctor Who and Silent Witness, revealed the news during a Content London panel held in Kings Cross on Tuesday. The exec has said that it was his decision to leave and […]

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 for drama hire

BBC Studios is adding Red Production Company’s Tom Sherry to its drama ranks. The BBC’s production unit has appointed Sherry as head of drama – North, meaning he will lead scripted from Salford, near Manchester, where the BBC has a base. BBC Studios Drama North is behind series including In the Flesh and From Darkness. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]