Peter Salmon

Endemol Shine exec confirms sale is imminent

The sale of Endemol Shine Group is reaching its final stages, with a deal expected in “a month or two”. Endemol chief creative officer Peter Salmon confirmed on Tuesday (18 September) at the Royal Television Society’s London conference that the business is close to reaching a deal, with new ownership expected to be in place […]

BBC Studios to axe 300 jobs in ‘reshaping’

The BBC’s production arm will do away with 300 jobs to “ensure it is the right shape for the future”, the pubcaster said this morning. BBC Studios has been evaluating its next steps after assurances that 50% of all BBC programmes are made in-house was removed, with the unit set to become a commercial enterprise […]

Swain becomes latest BBC exit

Long-serving BBC executive Emma Swain is the latest high-profile programming executive to exit the UK pubcaster. Swain (pictured) has been with the BBC for 20 years. She was most recently controller of factual commissioning until being seconded to an internal role as BBC Television director of future commissioning, channels and online. This future-gazing post saw […]

Shillinglaw resurfaces at Endemol Shine

Former BBC Two and Four chief Kim Shillinglaw has been appointed director of factual at Endemol Shine UK. Shillinglaw left the BBC earlier this year amid a restructure at the UK pubcaster and having lost out to Charlotte Moore for the controller, TV channels and iPlayer role. At that point she said: “I’ve loved modernising […]

Worldwide exec gets top BBC entertainment role

Kate Phillips has been named as Mark Linsey’s replacement as controller, entertainment commissioning, at UK pubcaster the BBC. She takes the influential role at the UK pubcaster having been running formats at BBC Worldwide, joining the commercial arm of the BBC in late 2014. Phillps landed the new post after beating off competition from Alan […]

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 appoints Studios boss

The BBC is expected to formally appoint Mark Linsey the boss of its new in-house production unit BBC Studios later today. Linsey will fill the role vacated by the outgoing Peter Salmon, whose surprise exit and move to Endemol Shine was announced at the start of the month. BBC Studios and its 2,000 staff is […]

Salmon exiting BBC Studios for Endemol Shine

Peter Salmon is leaving BBC Studios to become chief creative officer of Endemol Shine Group. He will in part replace the outgoing Endemol Shine president Tim Hincks, who has been the group’s creative chief since its creation at the end of 2014. Salmon’s appointment comes as Big Brother and Masterchef owner Endemol Shine also drafts […]

TV’s Big Questions: what direction should the BBC take?

The BBC, perhaps the world’s most revered pubcaster, is under financial, political and cultural pressure to change how it operates. We asked senior executives what ‘Auntie’ should do next. “Any TV executive who doesn’t care about the health of the BBC needs their head examined,” says Pulse Films unscripted boss Roy Ackerman. “What does it […]