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Twenty Twenty hires BBC docs boss Emma Willis

Twenty Twenty hires BBC docs boss Emma Willis
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Staff Reporter
16 October 2014

Twenty Twenty has hired the BBC’s head of documentaries commissioning Emma Willis as their new creative director.

Willis will join The Choir and First Dates production company in the new year with a brief to focus on creating new returnable formats in different genres.
 
Willis joined the BBC as a documentaries commissioning editor,  in 2006 and became head of commissioning in early 2013. 

Her credits include observational documentaries such as The Tube and Zimbabwe’s Forgotten Children as well as The Choir: Sing While You Work, The Farm franchise, The Great British Bake Off and The Great British Sewing Bee. 

Before joining the BBC, she was executive producer at Wall To Wall.

She began her career as a researcher at Yorkshire Television.

At Twenty Twenty she will report into CEO Tim Carter. He said: ‘People talk about creativity but Emma is the real deal. It’s no coincidence her name is attached to some of the biggest and best shows on British television. She has an uncanny instinct and respect for what viewers want’.
 
Willis and Carter have worked together on the The Choir for a number of years.  She said: “I have had a brilliant time in Commissioning and the huge success of The Great British Bake Off and its move to BBC One is most definitely the icing on the cake.  Tim and I share the same creative vision for Twenty Twenty’s future and I look forward to working with the BBC and all broadcasters”
 
She replaces Meredith Chambers who left early this year to join Karl Warner’s indie Electric Ray.
 


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