Julie Gardner in at BBC Worldwide America

L.A.-based Jane Tranter brings in ex-BBC Wales drama chief

LONDON -- "Doctor Who" and "Life on Mars" executive Julie Gardner is reuniting with Jane Tranter, signing on as an executive producer under exclusive contract to BBC Worldwide America, it was announced Tuesday.

Gardner, formerly head of drama at BBC Wales, is L.A.-based Tranter's first hire since moving from the BBC head of drama commissioning to become exec vp programming and production for BBC Worldwide America this year. She is spearheading a scripted programming division to build programming for the U.S. and international markets.

Gardner, a highly regarded executive who headed up the revival of sci-fi series "Doctor Who" and a string of other drama hits, will be responsible for scripted projects and seek to work with top-level U.S. writers as well as U.K. creative talent including Russell T. Davies, Matthew Graham and Ashley Pharaoh. She is expected to joint the L.A. studio full time in June.

Gardner and Tranter's highly successful working relationship began when Tranter assigned Gardner to head up the revival of "Doctor Who." Working with writer and executive producer Russell T. Davies, the series debuted in March 2005 to huge audience and critical acclaim. Gardner went on to oversee two "Who" spinoffs, "Torchwood" and "The Sarah Jane Adventures."

"Julie is a remarkable talent, and I've had the privilege of working with her for the past six years," Tranter said. "She brings an unprecedented insight into drama development and production and has a solid track record of forging strong relationships with the creative community.

On her arrival in L.A., Gardner will be working alongside development executive, Angie Stephenson and senior vp programming and production, Ian Moffitt, who also serves as exec producer on the U.S. pilot of "Absolutely Fabulous."
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