Category: Factual & Arts TV; BBC
Bridget Boseley has been appointed the new Studio Head for Factual and Features, completing the leadership team for BBC Factual and Learning's nine genre-based multimedia studios.
Bridget was ITV Controller of Factual programmes from June 2003 until January 2006, where she was responsible for commissioning over 100 hours of peak time factual programming a year. She takes up her new role at the BBC in August.
The Features and Formats Studio based in London, produces a range of programmes including established hits like Top
Gear, What Not To Wear, Holiday, Watchdog, Rogue
Traders and Crimewatch UK and new shows like Perfection
With Heston Blumenthal for BBC TWO and Old
Dogs New Tricks, featuring Esther Rantzen and Lyn
Faulds Wood, for BBC ONE.
John Willis, BBC Director of Factual and Learning, said: "Bridget
has a great track record in intelligent popular factual programming. She will
be a great addition to an already successful team.
"It says a lot for the range
and quality of our output that we have attracted someone of Bridget's calibre
to the BBC."
Bridget Boseley said: "I'm delighted to be returning to the BBC and am really looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that a move back into production presents.
"The department produces some of the most well
known factual titles and my aim is to expand on this success with
a range of new output across all BBC channels."
While at ITV, Bridget successfully moved ITV's factual output into new territories with popular factual formatted programmes like Holiday Showdown (RTS winner), Bad Lads Army and Ladette to Lady.
She commissioned a range of factual programming from
The Gunpowder Plot and Titanic - Birth of a Legend to Murder Squad
and Britain's Youngest Mums and Dads.
Prior to joining ITV, Bridget was Controller of Features for Granada Media and,
under her leadership, the newly created department built up a £10m
business from scratch by becoming a key supplier of popular factual programmes
to all channels.
Well known brands included 100 Greatest for Channel
4 and After They Were Famous for ITV1.
Before joining Granada, Bridget was at the BBC for ten years where she started as a researcher in the Youth department, working on shows like Rough Guide.
She later became Series Producer of the Rough Guides
then Editor of Entertainment and Features, Manchester. She was
responsible for executive producing many of BBC TWO's theme nights
and youth output.
The nine genre based studios were set up by John Willis, the BBC's Director of Factual & Learning, in April 2006 to create a simplified and more integrated structure for the division as the world's first cross-platform content creator. The studio heads report to the Controller of Factual Production, Keith Scholey.
The other studio heads are:
- John Lynch (Science and History)
Hargreaves (Documentaries and Specialist Features)
- Nick Vaughan-Barratt (Events)
Nightingale (Head of the Natural History Unit, based in Bristol)
Archer (Features and Documentaries, Bristol)
Finch (Features and Documentaries, Birmingham)
Bookbinder (Religion, based in Manchester)
Alan Bookbinder is due
to leave the BBC at the end of July and a replacement is being
It was also recently announced that Rachel Innes-Lumsden is to become the new Head of Development for the division. She was previously an Executive Producer in Factual and Learning.