Hannah Wyatt, the managing director of The Apprentice producer Boundless, is to join BBC Studios as genre director for factual entertainment and events.
Wyatt will oversee the creative, commercial, and operational strategy of the business, and will sit on the BBC Studios’ executive committee.
Wyatt will have the overview of Top Gear, the label Auntie Productions, producers of Amazing Hotels, The Life Swap Adventure and In Your Ear, and the events team including Festival Of Remembrance, Cenotaph and Passchendaele. She will also be responsible for developing new factual entertainment formats to ensure the continued creative growth of IP in this key genre.
Wyatt’s appointment comes after BBC Studios split its former Entertainment, Music and Events division in to two in July and announced it would hire two new leaders to run the new wings. BBC Studios is yet to announce who will run its Entertainment and Music division.
Former department head Roger Leatham took on the new role of Director of Business Affairs in mid-August.
Linsey said: “Having split BBC Studios’ Entertainment, Music and Events into two distinct areas, I had a very clear idea about who could lead this incredibly important part of our business and am delighted to attract someone of Hannah’s experience and calibre to BBC Studios. I’ve always admired her entrepreneurial, creative and strategic approach and think she will bring renewed vigour and do wonders in driving our business forward.”
Wyatt joined Boundless in March 2014 as Creative Director and rose to MD in July 2015 where she oversaw the programme slate including The Apprentice (BBC One) and Grand Designs (Channel 4) and recent new launches The Week The Landlords Moved In (BBC One), Love In The Countryside (BBC Two), Payback TX pilot (Channel 4), The Secrets in My Family (UKTV) and the recommission of Normal For Norfolk (BBC Two).
Prior to her roles at Boundless, she was at Mentorn, as Director of Programmes, rising from Head of Factual Entertainment and Features.
Wyatt said: “I am excited to join Mark’s team and be part of shaping BBC Studios’ future as a creative centre and supplier of world class content. BBC Studios has great talent, real scale and huge potential to grow more. My time at Boundless has been fantastic and I’ll continue to work with the terrific team here until I take up my new role."
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