Tracy Forsyth

TBI Well-being: The 7 essential tricks to working a room

In this month’s Well-being column, former BBC Studios exec and corporate wellness coach Tracy Forsyth looks ahead to this week’s Edinburgh International TV Festival with her top tips on working an industry event and owning the room.  I have a confession. I’m an introvert masquerading as an extrovert for professional purposes. I can work a […]

TBI Well-being: Why modesty is overrated in TV

In this month’s Well-being column, former BBC Studios exec and corporate wellness coach Tracy Forsyth tackles how to effectively discuss achievements and sell your skills and projects. In my work as creative mentor and leadership coach, I often come across people who are uncomfortable at the thought of talking about their achievements for fear of […]

TBI Well-being: How to recover from f*ck ups and faux pas

In TBI’s inaugural wellness column, former BBC Studios exec and corporate wellness coach Tracy Forsyth tackles how to recover from a disastrous pitch or meeting-gone-awry with your dignity intact We’ve all had those moments of putting our foot right royally in it. Saying the wrong thing in front of a commissioner. Blurting out something that […]

BBCW’s Tracy Forsyth lands at WFTV

Former BBC Worldwide exec Tracy Forsyth has landed at UK industry organization Women in Film and Television. The exec, who served as genre director of fact ent, entertainment and formats at BBCW prior to leaving the business in May, has joined WFTV as the new producer of its mentoring scheme, which offers a six-month career […]

BBCWW hires NBCU formats exec as exec producer

BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has hired NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s Anaïs Baker as executive producer for fact ent, entertainment and formats. This comes as part of a push to produce more factual entertainment and entertainment format. Baker, who joins this month, will report to Tracy Forsyth, BBCWW’s genre director for fact ent, entertainment and formats. The new exec […]

BBC Worldwide Showcase: entertainment and formats in the spotlight

Formats are taking centre stage at BBC Worldwide Showcase this year. Tracy Forsyth and Sumi Connock talk about this year’s line-up. “This is our year,” says Tracy Forsyth, director of factual entertainment and entertainment at BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. “We have a smorgasboard of Saturday night shows, and there’s always demand […]

BBC Studios debuts Auntie Productions

The BBC’s programme-making arm, BBC Studios, has unveiled new division Auntie Productions, which launches with a pair of BBC Two commissions. BBC Studios creative directors Samantha Anstiss and Sam Bickley are leading Auntie – whose title is a homage to an informal and affectionate name for Britain’s public broadcaster. They have hired former Endemol Shine […]

BBC Worldwide backs UK indie start-up

BBC Worldwide is taking a 25% stake in Mighty Productions, a new UK prodco being launched by Lynn Sutcliffe and Hugh Rycroft. The commercial arm of UK pubcaster will distribute Mighty’s finished content and formats under the terms of a five-year deal. Sutcliffe will be managing director of the new prodco and Rycroft creative director. […]

Buyer’s briefing: BBC Worldwide Channels

Julie Swanston is VP, commissioning for BBC Worldwide Channels. She will commission a minimum of 83 hours of content a year for Brit and Earth, with Liam Keelan, director of scripted, overseeing BBC First. For BBC Brit, she will commission four original, factual-entertainment series across four core key filters: camaraderie, expertise, wit and jeopardy. For BBC Earth, and […]

BBCWW adds two commissioning execs

BBC Worldwide has appointed executives formerly of National Geographic and Viacom respectively to its global commissioning team. Hannah Demidowicz joins from Nat Geo Channels International, where she was commissioning executive and European head of programmes, while Andrea Speziale Bagliacca was most recently Viacom’s VP, commissioning. Both become BBCWW commissioning editors, with Demidowicz reporting in to […]