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27.02.03

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Jane Tranter announces new appointments in Drama Commissioning


Jane Tranter, Controller of Drama Commissioning, today announces new appointments and confirms responsibilities within the drama team.


Sally Woodward Gentle, currently Head of Drama Development for Independents, will become Head of Development, Drama Commissioning, taking on a wider development role within the department and working with independents, in-house production and the nations.


Sally's Executive Producer credits at the BBC include Tipping The Velvet, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Jeffrey Archer - The Truth and the forthcoming Cambridge Spies.


Prior to this she was managing director of Kudos (where her credits included Psychos for Channel 4) and Executive Producer at Limelight for a number of productions including Teenage Health Freak, Reboot (the first computer generated television series) and the award-winning documentary Edward VIII - The Traitor King.


Sarah Brandist, currently Marketing Manager for Drama, joins Jane's team as Genre Executive. In this new post Sarah will help guide and create the future growth of BBC drama, ensure that its potential is fully explored across all the BBC's channels and services, and provide strategic support to the editorial management of drama commissioning.


Sarah has worked across publicity and marketing for BBC Drama since 1997. Within marketing Sarah has managed all drama campaigns including EastEnders' "Who Shot Phil?", Spooks and The Lost Prince for BBC ONE; and Tipping the Velvet, Babyfather and Flesh and Blood for BBC TWO. Over the past two years she has worked closely on the development of the strategy for drama commissioning.


Working within Drama Commissioning, Gareth Neame will continue to build on his successes with the independent production sector as Head of Drama Independent Commissioning.


In addition he will take on a more integrated role and greater managerial responsibilities within the commissioning department.


He will also work with Jane Tranter on an initiative about risk taking in drama for Making It Happen. Recent commissions from his department include Spooks, Tipping The Velvet, Trust, Hound of the Baskervilles, Red Cap and Murder.


Mal Young, Controller of Continuing Drama Series, continues to have self-commissioning responsibilities for EastEnders, Holby City and Casualty as well as production responsibilities for his department's other drama series (Down To Earth, Judge John Deed, Dalziel & Pascoe, Merseybeat, In Deep).


Robert Cooper, Barbara McKissack, and Matthew Robinson as Heads of Drama for BBC Northern Ireland (Messiah, Murphy's Law, Sinners) , BBC Scotland (Monarch of the Glen, Real Men, The Key) and BBC Wales (Servants, Carrie's War, Hearts of Gold) respectively will continue to provide Jane with both in-house and independent productions from the nations.


In-house serials will continue to be commissioned from Laura Mackie as Head of Drama Serials, (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Cutting It, Daniel Deronda) and David Thompson's BBC Films division also has its televison output commissioned directly through Jane (Out of Control, Tomorrow La Scala, The Lost Prince).


Jane Tranter, says: "The talent within BBC Drama is exceptional both in production and commissioning, and these new appointments add to that.


"Sally's new role will give her greater power to find and nurture interesting and creative ideas, while Sarah's contribution to the growth of BBC Drama will be further enhanced by joining the department and playing on her strategic strengths.


"While continuing to focus on Independent Drama for the BBC, Gareth will have a more central role within the department.


"We are very lucky to have such a strong in-house production base, both in London and the nations, and a thriving independent production sector to commission from, their combined force have played an invaluable role in the continued strengthening and regenerating of BBC drama".


All the BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview, the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well as on satellite and cable.

Freeview offers the BBC's eight television channels - including BBC THREE - as well as six BBC radio networks.


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