BBC Names Polly Hill Drama Chief

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Polly Hill

The U.K. public broadcaster's head of independent drama since 2011, she will succeed Ben Stephenson, who is taking over the TV operations of J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot.

The BBC has named Polly Hill its new controller of drama commissioning, replacing Ben Stephenson, who is taking over the TV operations of J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot.

She has served as the U.K. public broadcaster's head of independent drama since 2011.

‎The BBC has had much success with its drama output under the leadership of Stephenson. BBC One controller Charlotte Moore recently said that Stephenson's work "has led to genre-busting drama" coming to the network. "For that, I think, we have a lot to thank Ben for," she added. "He has inspired us all."

BBC director of television Danny Cohen announced the appointment of Hill on Thursday. He has seen a strong ratings start to the year for the flagship channel overseen by Moore.

"I’m delighted that Polly will be leading BBC drama commissioning," said Cohen. "She has an exceptional track record for delivering outstanding drama. From Wolf Hall to Poldark and The Missing, Polly’s work speaks for itself and is driven by her passion for writing and storytelling."

He added: "BBC Drama is in wonderful shape. We are determined to keep developing our reputation for dramatic range and quality, working with the very best established and emerging writers and being home to the most ambitious and risky projects."

Said Hill: "Under Ben Stephenson's leadership BBC Drama has thrived. It's in an incredible place and I would like to personally thank him. I look forward to steering BBC Drama into the future and building on this success, continuing to be the home of the most original and ambitious storytelling across a range of drama that is unique to the BBC."

Hill joined the BBC in 2005 as an executive producer and then became a commissioning editor in 2008.

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