BBC Studios announces a series of appointments for Key Markets, EMEA

BBC Studios has announced a series of appointments for Key Markets, EMEA as part of its continuing plan to build its commercial business in the region.Based in Amsterdam and reporting into Arran Tindall, Chief Commercial Officer, EVP, EMEA Key Markets, Bram Husken has been appointed to the newly created role of Vice President, Benelux. Bram will be responsible for the P&L across Benelux. He will lead on commercial strategy and delivery of best value and commercial returns from the BBC-branded services and content sales opportunities in these markets.Bram brings a wealth of experience to the role as a seasoned senior executive with over two decades of experience in the media industry, most recently in the position as VP, Content Distribution & Management Benelux, Nordics & RCIS at Paramount Global where he was responsible for overseeing the strategic partnerships for content distribution as well as contributing to setting up a joint-venture to launch the SkyShowtime streaming service in several European territories. During his time at Paramount/Viacom, Bram held several senior positions including General Counsel Northern Europe. Prior to this he worked as a private practice lawyer focused on Intellectual Property.Commenting on his new role, Bram said, “It’s an exciting time to be joining BBC Studios in Amsterdam, it is an iconic brand that has an impressive track record for great content, creativity and business within the creative industries here, so I’m delighted to contribute to the brands further growth across the Benelux.”Also based in Amsterdam, Hale Mouritz has been promoted to the newly created position of Director of Programming, Western Europe for services in Benelux and Nordics. Hale will lead the Benelux and Nordics Programming teams, leading on the editorial and content strategy and scheduling initiatives for BBC-branded services in the regions, as well as spearheading the brand and awareness growth of BBC Studios local presence.Hale joined BBC Studios in Amsterdam in June 2021 as Head of Programming, Western Europe where she was and continues to be responsible for the performance of both linear and related VOD services. Under this tenure, she oversaw the successful re-brand of BBC Studios’ Nordic channels, successfully launching new services BBC Nordic and BBC Nordic+. Under Hale, BBC First in the Netherlands also became the #10 most watched channel in the country in March 2023.“Our audiences are at the heart of everything we do here at BBC Studios and in this new role I’m excited to develop and enhance the audience experience even further across the Benelux and Nordics regions through our curated and outstanding branded services.”Andrea Raman has been promoted to Business Development Director, Nordic, MENA, Turkey in which she will be responsible for the distribution partnerships of BBC Studios branded services within these regions. Based in London, Andrea will also lead on the development of new business and commercial strategic partnerships, curating packages of BBC brands and content with third party partnerships.Andrea joined BBC Studios earlier this year and has brought a wealth of commercial experience within the broadcast industry having worked with international brands such as ESPN Star Sports, MGM, CNBC and A+E networks.Commenting on the promotion, Andrea Raman said, “At BBC Studios I’ve forged fantastic partnerships across MENA and Turkey and I’m delighted that under this new role I’ll be able to add Nordics to this portfolio as well as strengthen, explore and develop new opportunities for our extensive branded services.”Responsibilities held previously by Simon Cottle, VP Affiliate Sales Western Europe, who is set to retire this year, will be split regionally between Bram and Andrea within their new roles.On announcing the appointments, Arran Tindall, Chief Commercial Officer, EVP, EMEA Key Markets said, “Bram Husken is a strategic and talented leader who brings local expertise in the Benelux, I’m pleased that he is going to be leading our efforts in the region as we look to develop the BBC Studios brands and future portfolio in Benelux. Bram’s appointment alongside the well-deserved promotions of Hale Mouritz and Andrea Raman are vital for the EMEA business as we look to maximise value from our branded services and grow our major customer relationships in the territories across all our lines of business. Harnessing their expertise will enable us to unlock new business opportunities and achieve our growth ambitions in the regions.”

BBC Studios appoints SVP Scripted & SVP Factual for EMEA

Ahead of Mipcom 2023, BBC Studios have announced that Chris Kinsman and Rebecca Ransley have been promoted to the newly created roles of Senior Vice President Factual and Senior Vice President Scripted for BBC Studios’ Content Sales Markets EMEA.Based in London and reporting to Nick Percy, President of Global Markets, Chris and Rebecca will lead the teams responsible for co-production and finished tape sales across all EMEA markets, setting the sales strategy and directing co-production and content financing opportunities for their respective genres. Chris and Rebecca will work closely with BBC Studios’ content sales leads across Global Markets and North America, as well as with BBC Studios Production leadership.Nick Percy, President, Global Markets said, “Both Chris and Rebecca bring a wealth of experience and expertise to their new roles which have been created to reflect the evolving needs of our business. With these promotions I am delighted to be able to recognise the quality of their leadership and the strength and expertise of our sales teams.”Chris Kinsman, SVP Factual, Content Sales Markets EMEA said, “For a number of years Rebecca and I have worked alongside each other, so we’re delighted to be jointly leading the integrated EMEA sales team with these new roles and we’re looking forward to unlocking further opportunities for our world class factual and scripted programming.”Rebecca Ransley, SVP Scripted, Content Sales Markets EMEA said, “With BBC Studios’ ambitious growth plans and growing pipeline it’s the perfect time to have refreshed our team structure in line with the company’s objectives allowing closer and richer conversations with our partners.”Chris has spent almost twenty years nurturing key strategic relationships for the EMEA region at BBC Studios. Having worked across sales and co-productions in France and content sales in Italy and Iberia, Chris then went on to lead the Western Europe Content Sales team for Factual. Over the course of his time at BBC Studios, Chris has led commercial partnerships across key EMEA markets for Factual, overseen the negotiations and delivered multiple co-productions for key BBC Studios’ content and fostered long lasting partnerships.With over a decade of experience within roles at BBC Studios, Rebecca has managed sales teams across multiple EMEA markets working with both local and global partners. Over recent years she has worked closely on BBC Studios’ scripted output and its sales strategy across EMEA, ensuring a natural progression into her new role. Prior to her time at BBC Studios, Rebecca held a variety of commercial and production roles at the BBC including at BBC Panorama.BBC Studios recently announced that it will be heading to Mipcom with a standout slate packed with distinct, high-quality programming, including Mammals, The Famous Five, Truelove, Disco: Soundtrack of a Revolution and The Unique Boutique.Bespoke events include a fireside chat with, CEOs for Global Distribution and Productions, Rebecca Glashow and Ralph Lee, and live play-along game of primetime entertainment format, The 1% Club.BBC Studios will be located at P0.E1 within the Palais des Festivals Verrière section at the market.

BBC Studios renews Emirates partnership for Inflight entertainment

Dubai: Emirates, the Dubai-based airline, has extended its long-standing partnership with BBC Studios. Under the new agreement, Emirates passengers will enjoy an enhanced offering of BBC-branded content through ICE, the airline's inflight entertainment system. This includes a substantial addition of over 250 hours of new dramas, documentaries, factual entertainment, natural history productions, and pre-school programming.To access all BBC Studios content, passengers can navigate to the dedicated BBC-branded area within ICE. This specially designated space provides a platform for passengers to indulge in popular and highly acclaimed scripted series, such as timeless classics like Blackadder, Sally Wainwright's police drama Happy Valley, and Diplomat, a gripping crime series produced by the team behind Bodyguard and Line of Duty.Additionally, a new section called BBC Earth has been introduced, featuring captivating natural history productions, including Frozen Planet II and Blue Planet II, both narrated by the esteemed Sir David Attenborough. The upcoming release of Planet Earth III is also eagerly anticipated within this dedicated section.CBeebies, the BBC's brand for preschool children, will continue to entertain young travelers on Emirates flights. Moreover, the CBeebies section now includes presenter links, offering engaging ideas and games for children and their caregivers to enjoy during intervals between series episodes. Popular global hits like Bluey, Hey Duggee, and Go Jetters are also part of the CBeebies collection.“Emirates have been a key licensee of BBC Studios content for many years, and we are very proud that our cooperation continues to grow and benefit our global audiences. This renewal gives Emirates passengers access to more hours of BBC content than ever before, and the new interface features introduced from May will help them navigate easily to their favourite shows onboard,” said ,” Zina Neophytou, VP Out of Home at BBC Studios.Furthermore, Emirates passengers will have continued access to the BBC News channel, enabling them to stay informed with linear news updates while onboard.The agreement between BBC Studios and Emirates was successfully negotiated by Neophytou and Peter Williams, who serves as the Account Manager, Out of Home, at BBC Studios.