Bad Robot Names BBC Drama Boss Ben Stephenson Head of TV Division

BBC Ben Stephenson - H 2013

BBC Ben Stephenson - H 2013

He will move from London to L.A. to oversee all aspects of development and production.

BBC drama boss Ben Stephenson has joined J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot as head of its television division, the company said Monday.

He will move from London to L.A. In his new role, Stephenson will oversee all aspects of development and production for Bad Robot's TV department.

"It is a thrill to welcome Ben Stephenson into the Bad Robot family,” said Abrams. “His love of great TV, his passion and respect for writers, and his remarkable taste are all in evidence through his groundbreaking work at the BBC. We can’t wait to work with Ben to tell engaging and impactful stories.”

The executive has served as controller of drama commissioning at the BBC since September 2008. In the role, he commissioned all BBC drama programming, including Sherlock, Luther, The Missing, Call the Midwife and Peaky Blinders.

"J.J. Abrams is without doubt one of the world's greatest writers, directors and producers and I couldn't be more excited to be joining him at Bad Robot," said Stephenson. "Bad Robot already has an extraordinary reputation for great TV and I'm hugely looking forward to working with some of the world's best writers to help take the company into its next phase"

Danny Cohen, BBC director of television said: "Ben has made a truly extraordinary impact on the British drama industry in the last few years. The quality, range and ambition of BBC drama is testament to his creative power, strategic thinking and immense passion for great writing. The BBC owes Ben a great debt of gratitude and I will miss him greatly, personally and professionally."

The BBC said it would immediately begin a search for a new controller of drama commissioning.

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