Steve Macallister to leave BBC Worldwide

Steve has been a great colleague since he joined BBC Worldwide five years ago. In that time he has professionalised BBC Worldwide’s Sales & Distribution operation and gone on to deliver consistently outstanding results for the business, whilst playing a huge role in championing British programme-making around the world.”Paul Dempsey, BBC Worldwide Interim CEO
Date: 18.12.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 17.59
Category: BBC Worldwide
Steve Macallister, President & Managing Director, Sales & Distribution, has decided to leave BBC Worldwide in the spring, following implementation of a major reorganisation of the company that will result in Sales & Distribution functions being managed regionally.

Steve Macallister said: “It has been an absolute privilege to lead what is in my view the finest distribution team in the industry, as well as to represent what is undoubtedly the world’s greatest television catalogue. Whilst it is never easy to leave, this feels like the right time and it fills me with enormous pride to have grown the business to its current industry leading position.”

Steve, who joined the company in 2007, has led the Sales & Distribution department to record growth delivering £72.3 million in profits and headline sales of £292.7 million in the last financial year, and helping to establish BBC Worldwide as the world's biggest exporter of television programmes outside the United States.  

Under his leadership, Sales & Distribution has pursued a successful growth strategy, focusing on key client relationships, programme prioritisation, active catalogue management and exploitation on digital platforms that has resulted in five consecutive years of double-digit growth in profits to 2011/12. The company’s annual sales event, BBC Worldwide Showcase now generates more than £50m each year and in 2013 will bring more than 700 international programme buyers together to acquire British content.

Paul Dempsey, BBC Worldwide Interim CEO, said: “Steve has been a great colleague since he joined BBC Worldwide five years ago. In that time he has professionalised BBC Worldwide’s Sales & Distribution operation and gone on to deliver consistently outstanding results for the business, whilst playing a huge role in championing British programme-making around the world. We will all be sorry to see him leave and I would like to thank him for everything he has done for BBC Worldwide.”

Tim Davie, Acting Director-General and incoming CEO, BBC Worldwide, said: “Under Steve’s guidance, Sales & Distribution has achieved remarkable success and growth. I am grateful that he will remain with us to lead Sales & Distribution through a vitally important quarter for the business and I wish him all the best for the future.”

Steve Macallister will continue in his current role until March 31, leading BBC Worldwide Showcase in February and managing the division through to financial year end.

Biographical Notes

As President & Managing Director, Sales & Distribution, Steve is responsible for the exploitation of intellectual property around the world of around 50,000 hours of BBC and independently produced content from BBC Worldwide's catalogue.  This includes all finished programme sales and co productions, as well as BBC Worldwide's clips archive business, BBC Motion Gallery. He oversees an international sales team that spans the globe with offices in the UK, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Germany, France, Canada and the US.  He is also responsible BBC Worldwide Showcase, the biggest TV sales event of its kind hosted by a single distributor.

Steve joined BBC Worldwide in July 2007 from Disney ABC International Television - Asia Pacific, formerly known as Buena Vista International Television - Asia Pacific (BVITV-AP), the international television distribution arm of The Walt Disney Company, where he managed the company's distribution business in the region.

Steve joined Disney in 1993, playing a key role in establishing the company as the first Hollywood studio to distribute programming on a barter basis in the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe.

From 1996 he held various sales positions in Hong Kong and London covering Asia Pacific, Northern Europe and Middle East markets.

In 2001 he returned to Hong Kong to assume the position of Vice President and Regional Head of Sales where he was responsible for moving the Hong-Kong-centric business to a fully integrated multi-function and client-focussed distribution enterprise.

In 2004 he was appointed Senior Vice President and Managing Director of BVITV - AP.

Prior to joining Disney, Steve worked for nine years in the UK's media buying and planning sector. He held positions at Young & Rubicam, Lintas and pioneer media specialists CIA.

For more information:

Jamie Austin (jamie.austin@bbc.com / 020 8433 3995)

Kath Grimes (kath.grimes@bbc.com / 020 8433 2506)