Senior team completed as BBC Vision launches today
BBC Director of Vision Jana Bennett and Vision Chief Creative Officer Peter Salmon completed BBC Vision's senior team with a series of appointment announcements on the day of its launch today.
Simon Nelson has been named Controller, Multi-Platform & Portfolio for BBC Vision, an important new role to oversee the strategy for multi-platform services and content.
Simon is currently Controller of Radio and Music Interactive at the BBC.
Bal Samra, currently Chief Operating Officer for Television and Controller, Rights and Business Affairs, has been appointed Director of Vision Operations and Rights.
Keith Scholey, currently Controller, Factual Production, was confirmed as Deputy Chief Creative Officer for BBC Vision Studios, the integrated production powerhouse led by Chief Creative Officer Peter Salmon.
Sandy Maeer, the current Controller, TV Operations, will be Head of Executive Office, BBC Vision.
Jana Bennett said: "I'm thrilled by the talent and experience of the people we've got on board. The new Vision team is shaping up to be one of the strongest, most creative top teams anywhere in British media."
As Controller, Multi-Platform & Portfolio for BBC Vision, Simon Nelson will oversee the strategy for multi-platform services and content - working at the heart of the channels with channel controllers, genre commissioners and Future Media and Technology to develop digital services for the world of Web 2.0 as well as to bring a multi-platform approach to scheduling and windowing, in order to get maximum value from creative programme ideas.
Jana said: "I'm really delighted Simon's joining us, because he's steered Radio and Music Interactive through a fantastically innovative period with the launch of Radio Player, podcasting and LiveText.
"His place at the top Vision table signals our commitment to put multi-platform commissioning at the heart of what we do, so that we can develop richer and deeper relationships between our programming and audiences."
Around 1,000 Vision staff will work in the new Operations area led by Bal Samra.
It will include production management and modernisation, commissioning management, rights and business affairs, commercial & business development, planning & business strategy and finance.
Jana said: "We need to underpin the Vision Group with an operational area which helps lead, manage and support the business. They are central to making Vision happen, and key to keeping us ahead of the market.
"Bal Samra has got a real track record in making things happen. I'm so pleased he's taking up the leadership of Vision Operations, as well as Rights and Business Affairs on behalf of the whole BBC."
Keith Scholey will have a factual overview at Vision Studios, the newly formed 4,000-strong integrated multi-media production studios which brings together the Drama, Entertainment and Children's, Factual and Learning and Network Production from the Nations.
He will be Chief Creative Officer Peter Salmon's deputy.
Peter Salmon said: "Keith is a wonderfully talented professional with an influential record in factual film-making.
"He's going to look after eight of the Vision Studios, including the newly commissioned One Show and Interactive and I'm pleased we're going to be working together."
Currently Controller, TV Operations, as Head of Executive Office Sandy Maeer will oversee the business, editorial management and project management of BBC Vision.
She will also look after the team responsible for commissioning management, Diversity and the Awards Unit.
Jana said: "Sandy's done a superb job over the last five years ensuring Television runs smoothly, and has played a key role with developing portfolio planning and scheduling. I know she'll be just as effective in her new senior role."
Simon Nelson, Controller, Multi-Platform Commissioning
Simon Nelson has been Controller, Radio and Music Interactive since 2003, during a time of rapid and revolutionary innovation.
He oversaw the introduction of the BBC Radio Player, Podcasting and LiveText, and has established enhanced 'red button' radio and TV content, such as for the Proms and other programming, on interactive TV.
BBC Radio & Music Interactive has won numerous prestigious awards under Simon's leadership, including at the Prix Europa, the Sony Awards, the Webby Awards and the BT Digital Music Awards.
Simon also leads the BBC's DAB activities and is a board member of the Digital Radio Development Board.
He joined the BBC in 1997 as Senior Strategy Manager, BBC Radio.
Born in Manchester in 1969, Simon has an MBA, and was Brand Development Manager for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday newspapers before he joined the BBC.
Bal Samra, Director of Vision Operations and Rights
Bal Samra was appointed Director of Vision Operations and Rights at the launch of Vision in November 2006.
Around 1,000 staff work in the new Operations area. It includes production management and modernisation,
commissioning management, rights and business affairs, commercial & business development, planning & business strategy and finance.
Previously, Bal was both Chief Operating Officer, Television and Controller, Rights and Business Affairs across the BBC.
He took up the second of these roles in September 2005, overseeing Business Affairs, Commercial Agency and the Contributor and Talent Rights Group.
Bal has had responsibility for BBC network Television's finance and business activities and then interactive programming since 2000.
He played a pivotal role during the charter renewal period leading the Content Supply Review which was one of four BBC reviews. This review led to the introduction of the Window of Creative Competition (WOCC).
He was also instrumental in successfully negotiating the Terms of Trade agreement which will allows the BBC to offer viewers programmes on-demand on different platforms within a seven day window of their broadcast or download.
Bal joined the BBC as a management accountant in corporate finance in 1990. Before that, he worked at Ford Motor Company, Unilever and GEC in Technology, commercial and finance roles.
Keith Scholey, Deputy Chief Creative Officer
As Deputy Chief Creative Officer for BBC Vision, Keith takes the overview of factual programming at Vision Studios.
He will look after eight of the 17 Vision Studios - Documentaries and Specialist Factual, Science and History, Arts, Religion, Birmingham Documentaries and Factual, Bristol Documentaries, Factual and the Natural History Unit, The One Show and Multi-Platform.
He has been Controller of Factual Production since January 2006 and Acting Director of Factual & Learning since the summer.
Before that he was Controller for Specialist Factual, the area that produces ambitious series like Planet Earth and Supervolcano.
Born in Tanzania in 1957, Keith has a Zoology Phd from Bristol University and a pilot's licence.
He joined the BBC Natural History Unit in 1982 as a researcher on the David Attenborough series The Living Planet.
As assistant producer and later producer he worked on classic Natural History strands and series such as Natural World, Africa Watch (1989), The Private Life of Plants and Wildlife On One.
He became Head of the Natural History Unit in 1998 and during his tenure the department produced major series such as David Attenborough's Life of Birds and The Life of Mammals as well as Andes to Amazon, Wild Africa, Living Britain, Cousins, Talking to Animals, Weird Nature and The Blue Planet.
The unit won numerous prestigious awards including a special Bafta and the Royal Television Society Gold Medal.
Sandy Maeer, Head of Executive Office, BBC Vision
Sandy Maeer joined BBC Television in 2001.
As Controller, TV Operations, she has strengthened the portfolio planning and scheduling following the launch of
BBC Three and Four.
She has been TV's main point of contact on editorial matters and Programme Delivery and TV's lead in Complaints and Compliance.
Sandy has managed the contractual relationship between BBC Television and Red Bee, formerly BBC Broadcast, which provide the playout, media and access services for all the channels.
With a background in theatre, Sandy joined the BBC working on Drama and Entertainment programmes before moving to Presentation where she was a Network Director and then Promotions Producer.
In 1982 she moved to Channel 4 as one of the Presentation Editors leading the launch of the channel.
In 1988 Sandy returned to the BBC where she managed playout of the BBC
channels during the time the UKTV Channels and BBC digital television services launched.
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