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Fremantle has bolstered its push into factual with the hiring of BBC Storyville commissioning editor Mandy Chang as its global head of documentaries.
Chang — a hugely respected name in the doc world who has produced features such as The Fourth Estate, Welcome to Chechnya, Collective, One Child Nation and The Mole Agent — will report to Fremantle’s group COO Andrea Scrosati and will oversee the strategy and creation of the TV giant’s new factual divison.
“Leading BBC Storyville and international acquisitions to bring hundreds of hours of the best international documentaries and factual programming to the BBC’s platforms has been deeply fulfilling and a privilege,” said Chang. “I am now really looking forward to a new challenge, working with Andrea and taking up this ambitious new role at Fremantle. This is a unique opportunity to create a division of world-class documentary films and series from around the globe, that unites all the experience and knowledge gained throughout my career.”
Chang first joined Storyville — BBC Film’s documentary arm — in 2017. On her departure, the BBC pointed to the “award-winning streak” it had enjoyed under her tenure, with recognition for The Trial of Ratko Mladic, Minding the Gap, The Raft and The Cleaners. Most recently, Welcome to Chechnya and Collective were nominated for the 2021 Peabody Awards, with Collective also snaring BAFTA and Oscar nominations.
The BBC’s chief content officer Charlotte Moore described Chang as a “fearless editor” who had sought out the “very best feature length documentaries from around the globe” for Storyville. “The sheer range and creative ambition of the titles commissioned over the last few years demonstrates her passion for great storytelling,” she added. “I am sorry to see her go but we wish her the very best for her new venture.”
Chang is set to depart the BBC in early August.
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