Katie Taylor has been appointed as Executive Editor,
BBC Comedy Entertainment, it was announced today.
Katie will join the commissioning team next month from Channel 4, where
she has held the role of Commissioning Editor, Comedy & Entertainment,
since January 2002.
Her successes in developing, commissioning and managing performer-led
entertainment programmes include V Graham Norton; Derren Brown - Trick
of the Mind and The Messiah; and David Blaine - Above the Below.
Before joining Channel 4 in 1995, Katie worked in production and research
for indies and the BBC.
This newly-created role will have a clear brief for sourcing the best
ideas across an identifiable part of the slate, with a dedicated development
Katie will work with both independent and in-house programme makers.
Reporting to Jane Lush, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning,
the appointment is part of the latest commissioning team changes in
response to the recent Content Supply, Out of London and Value for Money
reviews - heralding a true meritocracy of commissioning.
It is one of three new senior roles in the Entertainment Commissioning
team, alongside Executive Editor Mainstream Entertainment (Jon Beazley)
and Executive Editor Format Entertainment (Fenia Vardanis). Suzanne
Gilfillan completes the Entertainment Commissioning team.
Jane Lush, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, said: "I am thrilled
that Katie has accepted this new role. Her great track record in comedy
entertainment formats will enhance our ability to get the very best
programmes on all of our channels."
Katie Taylor said: "I'm very excited by the challenge of commissioning
modern, witty and must-see comedy and entertainment formats, and bringing
fresh talent both on and off screen to the BBC."