BBC Studios Factual Productions has appointed former Twenty Twenty development head, Naomi Benson as Head of Development for its Documentary Unit.

Benson will join BBC Studios this month, reporting to the Documentary Unit’s Creative Director of Development Cate Hall.

Her new role will see her tasked with a focus on growth into new territories and with new buyers.

Benson joined Twenty Twenty in 2016 as a Development Exec with 13 years’ experience in development and production and she has overseen the Development team since early 2020. Her development credits at Twenty Twenty include Save Our Squad with David Beckham for Disney+; returning competition format All That Glitters for BBC Two; returning social history format A House Through TimeThe Choir: Our School by the Tower (RTS Best Documentary Series winner), both for BBC Two; and BBC One’s flagship science doc Why Is Covid Killing People of Colour?

Prior to Twenty Twenty Benson worked at Voltage, DSP and Lion, where her development credits included 24 Hours in the Past (BBC One), National Treasures Live (BBC One), Edwardian Farm and Wartime Farm (BBC Two), and Outbreak Investigation (National Geographic).

Cate Hall, Creative Director of Development at The Documentary Unit says: “Naomi is an outstanding creative,  responsible for a huge breadth of clever, successful and returnable programme ideas.  I am thrilled that she is joining the creative team at BBC Studios.”

Naomi Benson commented: “I’m delighted to be joining the amazing team at The Documentary Unit. This is an extraordinary time to be a factual producer, and the unparalleled global reach and reputation of BBC Studios presents an incredible opportunity. I can’t wait to get in there and get going.”


Jon Creamer

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