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Jon Beazley is BBC acting controller entertainment commissioning

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MUMBAI: Jon Beazley will be BBC's acting controller of entertainment Commissioning. The controller of entertainment commissioning Jane Lush and Fenia Vardanisexecutive editor, format entertainment Vardanis will leave the BBC to start their own independent production company.

Beazley who is currently the executive editor of mainstream entertainment commissioning, will take on the acting role with immediate effect and will be responsible for all commissioning and new ideas development. Lush and Vardanis will continue to work on the delivery of projects already commissioned until they leave the BBC later this year to start up the new company, which is being backed by Television Corporation.

The duo, working closely with colleagues in entertainment commissioning, production and the independent sector, have been involved in bringing shows like Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice, Dragons' Den and Comic Relief does Fame Academy to millions of viewers. BBC Television direcxtor Jana Bennett, said, "From Strictly Come Dancing to Fame Academy Does Comic Relief, Jane - working closely with Fenia and commissioning and production colleagues - has been instrumental in bringing the glitz and glamour of sequins and stilettos back to Saturday night television. Add to that their ability to spot and work with in-house and independent programme makers to bring on innovative and entertaining formats, such as Dragons' Den and The Apprentice, and you have a very potent mix. We look forward to them bringing more stardust back to the BBC as independent programme makers.

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