BBC Studios names Anna Mallett as chief operating officer

MUMBAI: BBC’s production arm BBC Studios has appointed Anna Mallett as its new chief operating officer (COO).

In her previous role, Mallett was BBC Production Proposals director and project lead.

As COO, she will oversee all operational elements of the new pan UK division, bringing together business and technology activities and working closely with operations, finance, production management and commercial colleagues across the BBC. She will play a key role in the creation of the new BBC Studios Division, leading a culture focused on delivering bold, British creative content for audiences.

Mallett says, “I am really looking forward to working with Peter and the fantastic BBC Production team as we build the new BBC Studios.”

She was previously CEO of BBC Studios and Post Production Ltd, the commercial subsidiary of the BBC providing studios, post production and digital media services to the media industry, where she oversaw considerable business change, including relocating the company’s business operations to Elstree. She has been part of the BBC’s senior leadership team since 2006, and from 2008 was controller of business strategy, responsible for the BBC's overall commercial, distribution and platform strategy. Before joining the BBC, she worked for seven years at the Boston Consultant Group in London.

BBC Studios director Peter Salmon adds, “It is great to welcome Anna on board. She is a brilliant collaborator, a clear thinker and great manager with previous successful experience of running commercial companies. Her acute business sense, and understanding of the industry will play a key part in creating a BBC Studios that is vibrant and creative.”

Mallett will join Mark Freeland, Natalie Humphreys, Katie Taylor and Wendy Darke on a new BBC Studios Board and she starts immediately.

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