BBC Studios Drama Productions taps two new executives

BBC Studios announced that Roxanne Harvey is set to join as Executive Producer for “Casualty” and Development for Wales, while Tom Williams joins as Head of Development, Drama.


Roxanne Harveym and Tom Williams


BBC Studios has hired two new recruits to join the senior team at BBC Studios Drama Productions: Roxanne Harvey joins as Executive Producer for the long running continuing drama series “Casualty” as well as leading on development in Wales, while Tom Williams joins in a newly created role as Head of Development Drama across the entire BBC Studios Drama production unit.

Both new hires follow the recent news that Kate Oates has been appointed as Head of Drama Productions at BBC Studios. Oates will now lead the UK’s biggest drama production hub outside London. Alongside her, Deborah Sathe has been promoted to Creative Director and Siân O’Callaghan as Director of Production.

As Head of Development for BBC Studios Drama productions, Williams joins the department at an exciting time of growth delivering ambitious, commercially optimized and returnable drama series into the domestic and international market place. Williams will be overseeing the national development team as well as overseeing the BBC Studios writing initiatives. He will report into Deborah Sathe.

“I am delighted to be joining such a fantastic team of incredibly talented people. BBC Studios has a long history of producing some of the best and most loved shows in the UK and around world, so the opportunity to play a part in shaping the creative direction of this exciting new era for the studio was simply too good of an opportunity to turn down,”  Tom Williams declared.

Meanwhile, as Executive Producer of “Casualty” and Executive Producer, Development Wales, Roxanne Harvey will be taking the helm of the multi award winning show “Casualty,” together with developing her own slate of new projects for both the UK and international markets.

“‘Casualty’ holds a special place in my heart, so it is an exceptional privilege to be joining Kate, Deborah and the phenomenal team to deliver distinctive, addictive characters alongside ambitious, emotionally epic stories that reflect our modern day NHS. I am equally elated to be building upon a remarkable talent base on the show and in Wales to develop fresh, exciting new dramas that will be just as iconic,”  Roxanne Harvey commented.

“We are thrilled to have both Roxanne and Tom at Drama Productions. It is an exciting time to welcome such experienced and ambitious creatives, as we grow our own slate of shows. Both Tom and Roxanne bring a wealth of experience to their new Development roles. For Roxanne, it is also a warm return to ‘Casualty,’ where she has already generated multiple award-winning stories and ideas; while we welcome Tom back to the BBC after a successful period at Apple,”  Kate Oates added.

BBC Studios Drama production unit has a slate that includes “EastEnders,” “Casualty,” “Father Brown,” “Sister Boniface,” “River City,” “Pobol Y Cwm,” and new comedy-drama “Anfamol,” as well as a team working on new drama developments for the BBC and domestic and international channels and platforms.

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