BBC Names Kate Phillips Entertainment Chief


Currently creative director of formats at BBC Worldwide, she will in September become controller of entertainment commissioning.

Charlotte Moore, the BBC's controller of TV channels and BBC iPlayer, on Thursday named Kate Phillips, currently creative director of formats at BBC Worldwide, to the role of controller of entertainment commissioning.

She will replace Mark Linsey, who was previously appointed as director of BBC Studios, as of Sept. 5. Alan Tyler covered the role in an acting capacity for the last eight months.

Phillips will be responsible for overseeing entertainment commissioning across all BBC TV channels, VOD service BBC iPlayer and online-only network BBC Three. She will be tasked with "maintaining the success of current shows as well as finding future hits," the BBC said.

Her slate will include flagship network BBC One's Saturday night family shows, such as Strictly Come Dancing and the recently announced Let It Shine, panel shows such as Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week and Would I Lie To You?, factual entertainment shows like The Apprentice and Top Gear and events shows, such as the annual Eurovision Song Contest.

"Kate Phillips brings an enormous wealth of experience and a fresh, dynamic approach, which makes her perfectly placed to lead BBC entertainment commissioning into the future," said Moore. "Having worked across channels and most recently for BBC Worldwide, where she has overseen formats across the globe, she has entertainment running through her veins, and I'm very excited about her ambition to create distinctive, game-changing hits across the whole of the BBC portfolio."

Said Phillips: "The BBC has some of the biggest entertainment brands in the world, and close collaboration with our creative community containing the world's leading producers is the key to building that slate. Entertainment matters to our audiences and will always be at the heart of the BBC. Helping to create stand-out content that viewers, producers and the BBC can be proud of will always be my goal."

Prior to joining BBC Worldwide, she worked as channel executive for BBC One and BBC Three, working closely with the networks' controllers to oversee all editorial content and liaising with scheduling, budgeting, marketing, press and social media planning and strategy.

She previously produced factual, comedy and entertainment shows for various networks and co-owned Mast Media, a television formats company that developed shows for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and others. She had joined the BBC as head of development for BBC Children's and later became head of development at BBC Entertainment.