BBC Films restructures management again

Move follows decision not to replace Fiction head

LONDON -- BBC Films has revamped its management structure for the third time in less than a year.

Christine Langan and Jane Wright will lead the pubcaster's filmmaking unit, with Langan appointed creative director and Wright managing director. BBC Vision director Jana Bennett announced the changes Monday in a move that follows her decision not to replace BBC Fiction chief Jane Tranter.

Tranter oversaw the unit before exiting in December to take up a role with BBC Worldwide America in Los Angeles.

Langan will be tasked with taking the lead in developing the editorial strategy and commissioning of the film slate.

Wright, meanwhile, will have day-to-day responsibility for running the business, operations and marketing aspects of the division. She also will retain an executive producing role within BBC Films.

In May, the pubcaster created a BBC Films board structure consisting of Wright, Langan, Joe Oppenheimer and Jamie Laurenson, all reporting to Tranter before her exit.

A BBC Films spokesman said the latest changes are an attempt to streamline what has since become regarded as a clunky structure.

Oppenheimer and Laurenson's roles as executive producers for BBC Films remain unchanged in the new structure, and the duo will continue to source, develop and exec produce projects at BBC Films.

Sue Deeks also has been appointed as head of acquisitions as part of the shake-up, with a focus on series buys. Steve Jenkins will report to Deeks while retaining his focus on movie acquisitions.

Langan will sit on the BBC Fiction board, chaired by Bennett, that will meet quarterly. All other roles within BBC Films remain unaffected by the latest changes, a spokesman said.
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