BBC Studios creates new executive roles for North and Latin America

Janet Brown joins BBC Studios as President of Content Distribution, North America and Latin America, while Tara Maitra has been promoted to Chief Commercial Officer of Global Distribution.

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Janet Brown and Tara Maitra

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Following a record year for BBC Studios, the company announced two strategic appointments: Janet Brown joins as President of Content Distribution, North America and Latin America, while Tara Maitra has been promoted to Chief Commercial Officer of Global Distribution.Both executives will be based in New York and report directly to Rebecca Glashow, CEO of Global Distribution.

Brown joins BBC Studios from Gunpowder & Sky, an independent entertainment studio. In her new role, Brown is charged with creating a vision and setting strategic direction to drive continued growth across BBC Studios diversified commercial business in North and Latin America. This role includes all aspects of the content distribution business, as well as leading the company’s global distribution relationships with the top US based partners, including networks and streaming platforms, and developing innovative new business solutions to deliver growth.

“I have had the opportunity to spend the last 15 years working with some of the most fearless, ambitious and enterprising independent entertainment companies in the business. I am honoured to now have the chance to take that intrepid spirit to BBC Studios. BBC Studios’ roster of deeply resonant IP, its far-flung network of creator and buyer relationships, and its unparalleled ties into the rich British talent heritage in front and behind the camera are all pretty incredible. The company is only just beginning to bring these assets to the broader North American and Latin American market, and I couldn’t be more excited to help grow the brand and the company on this side of the pond,”  Janet Brown said.

“Janet is a proven dealmaker across content distribution spanning all formats and genres, and I’m thrilled to be adding her to our team. North America and Latin America are very strong, growing markets for BBC Studios, and we have only begun to tap into our potential,”  Rebecca Glashow commented. “She joins a group of exceptionally talented executives, including Tara, whose new responsibilities reflect the growing global demand for our content, and the broad array of new opportunities and partnerships we continue to explore around the world,” she added.  

Maitra joined the company in January 2021 as Chief Commercial Officer at BBC Studios - Americas, and her promotion now charges her with oversight for global syndication and advertising sales, including BBC Studios’ digital news properties and the World News TV channel (ex-UK and Ireland), business transformation, and digital business development. With the creation of this new position, global syndication and advertising sales are now brought together for the first time under one leader to unlock further growth.

"When I joined BBC Studios, I had a good understanding of the status and reputation of the BBC brand, but the past year and a half has been eye-opening in terms of not only our unmatched contributions to the global media ecosystem, but the countless opportunities to grow our reach around the world. I am grateful to be working alongside a talented team of executives as my role expands,"  Tara Maitra declared.

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