Anna Mallett to devise blueprint for Production

Anna Mallett Anna Mallett envisages a future with a 'world class' in-house production group

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Anna Mallett is to come up with a blueprint for a more commercial BBC Production.

She will step down from her current role as chief executive of BBC Studios and Post Production to lead thinking around the future of in-house programme making.

In July, the director general called for a shake-up of content supply, claiming the current system 'no longer works'.

Tony Hall said he wanted BBC and independent producers to vie for all television commissions on equal terms, with quotas that guarantee work scrapped.

Currently, 25% of commissions are ringfenced for indies, 50% to in-house producers, with 25% open to competition.

Hall also envisaged BBC producers being able to offer their ideas overseas and, possibly, to other UK broadcasters, with more freedom to strike commercial deals.

'Key moment'

Mallett, a former BBC controller of business strategy who previously developed its distribution strategy, will work with controller of fiction and entertainment Mark Freeland and controller of factual and daytime Natalie Humphrys on the project.

Danny Cohen, director of television, said the trio would bring 'a fantastic mix of creative and business acumen' to the proposals, which were designed to 'offer audiences the best possible ideas wherever they come from'.

Mallett described it as a 'key moment'.

'I am looking forward to working with the team and the wider industry to define a set of proposals that will ensure BBC Production continues to thrive as a world class, multi-genre producer of the very best programmes,' she said.

Any proposals will be subject to regulatory approval.

Trust review

The BBC Trust will begin a review of the BBC's current content supply arrangements in October. Its recommendations are due to be published next summer, and will form part of the BBC's charter review negotiations with the government.

Mallett became S&PP's chief exec in 2012, overseeing its temporary move out of Television Centre and into Elstree, where facilities were redeveloped.

Plans for the future leadership of the company are currently being finalised and will be announced shortly. In the meantime, S&PP's COO David Conway will take the lead.

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