BBC documentaries commissioning editor Maxine Watson is leaving to join First Dates and The Choir indie Twenty Twenty Productions as Director of Programmes.
Watson will take up her newly created role in April and report to Twenty Twenty CEO Tim Carter.
Her departure from the BBC comes as the corporation restructures its TV commissioning operation.
Watson said: “I am delighted to be joining Twenty Twenty as Director of Programmes to help them continue to create and deliver the great depth and fantastic range of output that they are so well known for. I am proud to have worked for the BBC and had one of the best jobs in television, working with some of the smartest people in the business. It has been a privilege and a blast. I am excited for the challenge ahead.”
Watson’s recent commissions include The Met: Policing London, Camilla’s Kids Company: The Inside Story, Lawful Killing: Mark Duggan, Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue, Class of 92: Out of their League, Elizabeth at 90: A Family Tribute and The Great Pottery Throw Down.
Tim Carter, CEO Twenty Twenty Productions said: “I’ve worked with Max for years and she’s always made our shows better. When you look at the programmes she’s behind, it’s roll-call of distinction.”
Alison Kirkham, BBC Controller Factual Commissioning, said: “A passionate, committed and inspiring colleague, she will be much missed, and I wish her all the very best in her new role."
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