Tracy Forsyth (formerly commissioning executive at UKTV) has been appointed in the newly created role of Vice President, Commissioning at BBC Worldwide.
Reporting to David Weiland, Senior Vice President, Programming and TV Channels, Tracy will oversee the commissioning and co-production of programmes for BBC Knowledge, BBC Entertainment, BBC Lifestyle, BBC HD and UK.TV, BBC Worldwide’s general entertainment channel in Australia and New Zealand. Her role will involve working with independent producers in the UK and internationally, as well as the BBC’s own production departments, to create a stream of programme content. This might be global productions which run in all markets, or local projects developed in conjunction with BBC Worldwide Channels’ programming teams in EMEA, Latin America, Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand.
Forsyth will take up her new role in January 2012. She will act as BBC Worldwide’s Executive Producer on all new commissions, to ensure that they meet the company’s editorial and production criteria. Commercially, she will also lead all programme negotiations and work to extract maximum value from BBC Worldwide Channels’ intellectual property.
So far in 2011, BBC Worldwide Channels has commissioned over 20 hours of original content for the international portfolio, from a roster of respected production houses such as BBC Bristol, Lonely Planet TV, Southern Star and Freehand. Recent titles include Free Rein (1×50); Year of Adventures (5×50), based on the Lonely Planet book of the same title; The Kangaroo Gang: Thieves by Appointment (2×50); Dripping in Chocolate (1×90); Some Say Love (1×30) and Come Dine With Me South Africa (10×50).
Forsyth joins BBC Worldwide with over 17 years of experience in making and commissioning programmes. Most recently Commissioning Editor for UKTV, working across its factual and entertainment channels in the UK, she commissioned a number of channel-defining shows for the portfolio, including Monster Munchies for Good Food, and Jo Brand’s Big Splash for Dave. She has also been responsible for the launch of numerous new formats including My Flat-Pack Home and What the Neighbours Did.
Prior to that she worked as a Commissioning Editor for the BBC’s Daytime and Early Peak schedules, during which time she ordered Food Fighters for BBC One, and Restoration Roadshow and Escape In Time for BBC Two. Forsyth has also held roles at Talkback Television and BBC Worldwide Productions in New York, where she made programmes such as What Not to Wear for TLC, as well as shows for The Travel Channel and Discovery Home.
Source: BBC WW