BBC Films to get new structure, execs


LONDON -- The BBC will reveal the new structure and top executives for movie arm BBC Films within the next two weeks, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

The filmmaking arm is being absorbed into the corporation under the watchful eye of BBC Fiction controller Jane Tranter, who is credited with the revamp.

Tranter, according to insiders, is conducting interviews to fill posts at the revamped division following last week's departure of BBC Films chief David Thompson (HR 9/14).

Thompson will not be replaced directly and Tranter is speaking to various candidates about the role of BBC Films editor, a newly created position.

Industry insiders and commentators alike have been expecting indie producer-turned-BBC staffer Christine Langan to get the nod for what will become the top job, with her name bandied about since joining the Beeb in May.

"We want to emphasize that Christine is by no means the only person Jane is speaking to," a spokesperson said.

Thompson leaves the BBC with a first-look deal for film and television drama with BBC Fiction.

He also will continue to executive produce for BBC Films "a slate of existing projects from development through to completion over the coming years," the BBC said.

The BBC Films slate includes "Revolutionary Road," starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet; "The Other Boleyn Girl," with Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana; and "The Edge of Love," starring Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy and Matthew Rhys.