Jane Tranter to Leave BBC Worldwide North America for Indie Production

Dennis Trantham
Jane Tranter

She will be succeeded by Matt Forde as head of production units in New York City and Los Angeles.

Jane Tranter is to leave her post producing U.S. scripted and unscripted series for BBC Worldwide later this summer to return to indie TV production.

Tranter will step down as head of BBC Worldwide Productions and Adjacent Productions at BBC Worldwide North America, the commercial arm of the BBC in the U.S. and Canada, effective Aug. 14. She will be joined in her new production shingle by Julie Gardner, senior vp, scripted at BBC Worldwide.

Gardner helped relaunch the international hit series Doctor Who, and has overseen the scripted slates at BBC Worldwide Productions and Adjacent Productions since 2009. Tranter will be succeeded by Matt Forde, currently executive vp TV sales and digital distribution. 

Forde becomes executive vp content production, sales and distribution. He will combine BBC Worldwide's production, development, sales and distribution arms in North America, dividing his time between New York City and Los Angeles.

Tranter has led BBC Worldwide Productions since January 2009, having left her previous post as controller of fiction at the BBC to create a scripted and unscripted production arm for BBC Worldwide. Her TV credits include reformatting the global franchise Top Gear for History and Dancing With the Stars on ABC.

"I have relished every minute of the rollercoaster ride of being a Brit helming a U.S. scripted and un-scripted production company," Tranter said in a statement.

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