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Overview

In North America and LatAm, BBC Studios operates a diverse portfolio of businesses focused on bringing the best of British content to fans across the region.

Over the last two years, BBC Studios has positioned itself for growth in North America, expanding its relationships with partners, strengthening its portfolio, launching OTT and subscription services, embedding a new leadership team. BBC Studios has cemented its place as a leading distributor of premium content to major networks and streaming platforms, licensing over 1,500 hours of programming including such noted series as I May Destroy You, Small Axe, The Green Planet and hit kids show Bluey.

The business also includes flagship channel BBC AMERICA, a joint venture with AMC Networks, and with ITV for SVoD service BritBox (U.S./Canada, as well as a strategic partnership in Canada with Blue Ant Media for channels BBC Earth and BBC First.

Two new subscription digital services launched in 2021 - BBC SELECT, an ad-free, documentary streaming service available in the U.S. and Canada on Amazon Prime Video Channels, the Apple TV app and Roku and BBC Podcasts on Apple offering exclusive content and an ad-free listening experience.

In addition the North America and LatAm division runs a robust linear and digital content sales and co-productions operation, as well as a franchise management business, including the global hit for kids, Bluey, which airs on Disney.

In the News division, we have recently bolstered our digital journalism teams in the U.S. and Canada. This investment in talent reflects the increased appetite for digital BBC news content. In addition, Jennie Baird was appointed into the newly created role of MD and EVP of Digital News and Streaming and Katty Kay returned to the BBC as Presenter-at-Large, BBC Studios, and US Special Correspondent for BBC News.

And in LA, BBC Studios operates one of its major scripted and unscripted production units in Los Angeles, responsible for the Emmy®-winning Dancing with the Stars, the multi-award-winning Life Below Zero, and the popular reboot of the classic quiz show Weakest Link, among others.

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Our office locations

  • Los Angeles

    Our LA office is home to the BBC Studios’ Productions arm, who develop and produce programs for U.S. cable and broadcast networks. Our teams work with producers and rights holders in the BBC, the UK’s independent production community and talent in the U.S. to develop new programming and reformats. LA is also the base for our sales team who lead on high value co-production deals as well as content sales to digital and linear partners.

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  • New York

    New York is home to our editorial teams for BBC.com, the franchise management business who oversee Doctor Who and Bluey, and linear and digital content sales and co-productions.

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  • Toronto

    Our Toronto office brings our programme catalogue to a diverse range of channels, and is also responsible for establishing strong co-production partnerships.

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Meet our people

  • Andy Fernandez

    We're people like Andy Fernandez

    Andy, who brings a fresh look and approach to every project as a Senior Producer in Singapore.

    "My career in TV production began in Bombay back in 1994 and five years later I moved to a cable and satellite television network in Singapore. I fell in love with the city and have been here ever since. I did spend a few months with a production house, but broadcast has always been my thing. Nine years ago I joined BBC Worldwide as a Producer and I haven't looked back, continually developing my broadcast skills and growing my career."

    "What I really enjoy about my job is that I have both production and management responsibilities: I'm involved in producing promotional videos, mainly for On Air but also for Sales and Marketing, but I also guide and direct creative decisions and oversee the team's workflow. The opportunity to work with premium, quality-based programming on a daily basis is all the motivation you need, and I try to bring a fresh look and approach to every project – I really put my heart and soul into every job, staying positive even when things don't go so well. I also enjoy the working culture. There's mutual respect throughout the whole team and I'm always learning from others."

  • Chris Cole

    We're people like Chris Cole

    Chris, whose entrepreneurial talents enable him to brainstorm ideas and fight fires as Executive Vice President, Strategic Partnerships/Projects in New York.

    "Before I joined BBC Worldwide, I spent 14 years as an executive producer and a year as part of the BBC's commissioning team. This involved working with both in-house and independent productions in the USA and UK, and delivering science and natural history projects across BBC channels. It's great to compliment and use that experience in the commercial world. My role has allowed me to develop my interests in factual entertainment, and with BBC Worldwide, you're guaranteed great content, a great brand and great people – all rolled up into one organisation."

    "I'm responsible for developing and driving strategic business growth for our factual content in North America including sales, co-productions and front list SVOD. It's about being positive, creative and entrepreneurial, and there's a lot to my role from supporting my team to brainstorming ideas on how to get the best deal done. I talk to clients, solve problems, fight fires... and generally make stuff happen! If I were to pick one highlight from my three years here, it would be negotiating a new co-production output deal with the Public Broadcasting Service in America to support the BBC's pipeline of great factual content."

  • Orlando Turner

    We're people like Orlando Turner

    Orlando, whose role as an AV Systems Engineer has allowed him to learn from the best talent in the industry.

  • Ellie Pullan

    We're people like Ellie Pullan

    Ellie, a Programming Executive on the Digital Children’s team, who helps to facilitate various teams' KPIs through supporting digital-first campaigns.

  • Jay Jaxon

    We're people like Jay Jaxon

    Jay, who's a problem-solver extraordinaire as Operations Director in Miami.

    "Operations in Miami provides end-to-end support to our Latin America region. That means ensuring our content is secure and our people are safe, providing playout and distribution to our channels business, creating cost-efficient, sustainable and reliant workflows to the sales content team - and anything else the region needs. You can imagine how much of my day is spent solving problems; it really keeps me on my toes."

    "I started in live events before moving into the music business as an audio engineer. I then moved into TV and the rest, as they say, is history. I've been witness to some fascinating changes as we've moved from tape to tapeless, from tapeless to file-based environments, from linear TV to non-linear and video on demand platforms."

    "I decided to develop my career on the Operations side of the business and I've been at BBC Worldwide for two and a half years now. I've been fortunate to be able to build an incredible team around me, the people here really are first class. While I might have been around a bit I'm still learning, particularly on developing my leadership skills and technical knowledge."

  • Rosie Thomas

    We're people like Rosie Thomas

    Rosie, whose favourite part of her job as a Producer of Green Planet is the opportunity learn and travel.