Perry Simon

PBS names ex-BBC America exec as programming chief

PBS has hired Perry Simon, an exec that has held top posts at BBC America, Vulcan Productions, Viacom Productions and NBC Entertainments, as its new chief programming executive and general manager of audience programming. Paula Kerger, PBS president and CEO, shared the news during her remarks at the Television Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour. Simon […]

Barnett recruits Rodrigue for BBC America post

Sarah Barnett has brought SundanceTV colleague Nena Rodrigue to US cable channel BBC America. Rodrigue will be executive VP, original programming, acquisitions and production at the channel, which AMC Networks operates after taking a 49.9% stake from BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm. The hire reunites her with Sarah Barnett, who was installed as president […]

Simon Perry to run production at Swedish film fund

+++CORRECTION An earlier version of this story named former BBC America boss Perry Simon as the new Film i Väst chief. TBI would like to make clear that Simon Perry is in no way associated with Perry Simon and the latter is not associated with the Swedish film fund. TBI apologises for any confusion caused […]

Simon exits as Barnett takes on BBC America

BBC America’s 49.9% stakeholder, AMC Networks, has appointed SundanceTV executive Sarah Barnett as president and general manager of BBC America. Barnett, who has been at AMC-owned SundanceTV for ten years and is the network’s president and general manager, will replace BBC America’s current general manager, Perry Simon. She is due to begin her new role […]

BBC Worldwide’s Brit orders motoring series

The BBC’s new international channel brand Brit has commissioned its first series Mud, Sweat & Gears. The new show will be coproduced by BBC Worldwide channels Brit and BBC America as part of a wider push into original content. The show will be fronted by British car journalists Tom ‘Wookie’ Ford and Jonny Smith and […]

BBC America poaches IWC’s Kelehar

US cable channel BBC America has moved further into original unscripted production with the hire IWC Media’s head of factual entertainment Ricky Kelehar. The exec takes up his post as VP, unscripted programming at the channel next month and will report Perry Simon, BBC Worldwide North America’s general manager, channels. He will be based in […]

BBC America orders original drama Intruders

BBC America has ordered a new original drama series, titled Intruders. Based on the Michael Marshall Smith novel of the same name, the eight-part one-hour series follows a a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. Jane Tranter’s West Coast-based BBC Worldwide Productions division will make the series […]