BBC Studios announced that Nicola Greaves will expand her remit to become Executive Vice President of Global Operations. Greaves will oversee the management, strategy and delivery of BBC Studios content for its Branded Services (encompassing Global Channels and UKTV) and Distribution businesses. This includes responsibility for Global Sales Delivery, Content Operations, Localization Services, Playout & Distribution, Content Security, Business Operations, Archive Operations, and Post Production.
“Nicola’s smart strategic insight, in-depth operational expertise and her wealth of experience in the industry managing high-performing teams, made her the ideal candidate for this role. I’m looking forward to her joining the Studios team and helping to shape our operational and technological future,” commented Martyn Freeman, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at BBC Studios, to whom Greaves will report.
“It’s an exciting time to join the Global Operations team as we take on the challenge of supporting BBC Studios ambitious growth targets, by delivering content and channel services in the most effective and sustainable manner through process improvements and our continuing investment in people and technology,” Nicola Greaves added.
Alongside her new responsibilities, Greaves will continue to oversee UKTV’s Technology & Operations, with a dotted line report to Marcus Arthur, UKTV’s CEO, and she will remain on UKTV’s Executive Leadership Team. She will receive additional support from the Director of Content Services of UKTV, who will report to Nicola. This is a new role, for which the recruitment process will open shortly.
The executive joined UKTV in 2013 and has extensive industry experience in broadcast operations, business strategy and technology. At UKTV, she has been instrumental in delivering consistently outstanding operational performance together with re-shaping the broadcaster’s technology estate and driving its adoption of supply chain architecture and the cloud.
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At the same time, BBC Studios Productions’ Head of Comedy, Josh Cole, has announced a series of appointments to his development team: Laurie Farrugia, Ben Hough and Natasha Heliotis have been hired as Development Producers.
Farrugia will focus on comedy drama series, while Hough will develop new projects in addition to working on the upcoming production of a new BBC Two comedy, shooting this autumn. Meanwhile, Heliotis joins BBC Studios Comedy Productions having worked most recently on Sister Pictures’ “The Power”. Amongst other projects, she is working as script editor on the upcoming third season of “Trying” for Apple TV+.
“Laurie, Ben and Tash are super smart with impeccable taste. They will be working on a range of upcoming productions for multiple broadcasters and developing a new generation of era-defining comedies and comedy dramas,” Josh Cole commented.