BBC taps Lindsay Salt as new Director of Drama

BBC announced Lindsay Salt as the Director of BBC Drama, responsible for leading this genre and delivering distinctive, world-beating content on BBC iPlayer and the portfolio of channels.

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BBC announced Lindsay Salt as the Director of BBC Drama. Salt will be responsible for leading this genre and delivering distinctive, world-beating content on BBC iPlayer and the portfolio of channels. To date, the BBC commissions more drama than anyone else in the UK and has the widest remit within British drama broadcasting. The executive joins the BBC from Netflix, where she was part of the first UK Scripted team and established the new slate with Anne Mensah. Her commissions include “Baby Reindeer,” “One Day,” “The F*** it Bucket,” “Palomino,” and “Half Bad.” She also worked across shows, including “Heartstopper” and the fifth season of “The Crown.”

“Lindsay’s appointment heralds an exciting new era for BBC Drama. She has been responsible for an impressive breadth of shows, and her track record as a commissioner underlines her passion for creating big hits and developing new and diverse voices. She’s an inspiring creative leader with a sophisticated understanding of British audience tastes, which makes her perfectly placed to lead the genre into the future with work that will continue to push the boundaries and disrupt the mainstream. BBC Drama is in outstanding form, and she has ambitious plans to evolve the creative strategy and build her own distinctive slate that is unique to the BBC and feels especially relevant to audiences across the UK in a fiercely competitive global landscape,”  said Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer of BBC, to whom Salt will report.

“My time at Netflix under the generous and visionary leadership of Anne Mensah has been a total joy. However, the opportunity to join the BBC was too special to ignore. Its drama programming is revered around the globe, and I can't wait to start with the world-class team who empowers talent and producers to create iconic shows that stand the test of time. What a privilege to build upon that legacy and find and nurture the storytelling that’ll lead us into the next pivotal phase of the BBC,”  Lindsay Salt declared.

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