BBC Studios has appointed Simon Winstone as Head of Drama – Wales, to lead its drama series and serials business, based at Roath Lock in Cardiff.

BBC Studios, which launched as a commercial subsidiary this month, produces a raft of drama in Wales, including Doctor Who, War and Peace, Casualty and Russell T Davies’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Winstone joins BBC Studios from Red Planet Pictures, where his roles included Head of Drama (Wales), Head of Development and most recently Executive Producer. His credits include Death in Paradise, Crash, The Nativity, By Any Means, The Passing Bells, Dickensian and Hooten and the Lady.  

Winstone will be responsible for overseeing the drama series and serials team and productions based in Cardiff, building on their creative success and seeking out new opportunities, as BBC Studios can now make programmes for other broadcasters and channels in the UK and internationally, as well as the BBC.

Nick Betts, Director of Scripted, BBC Studios said: “Simon is a highly talented and experienced creative, who has already contributed to the success of two of BBC Studios’ biggest dramas over the years –EastEnders and Doctor Who. I am delighted to be welcoming him to BBC Studios at this exciting time.”

Simon Winstone said: “I am thrilled to be heading back to Wales and the brilliant team at Roath Lock. BBC Studios’ programmes are renowned for their quality and loved by audiences in the UK and around the world. I can’t wait to start building on their existing creative success and leading the team in developing even more compelling and outstanding drama.”

Winstone will join BBC Studios on 15 May and will report directly into Nick Betts.

Staff Reporter

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