Georgia Moseley , Head of BBC Studios Documentary Unit and Katharine Patrick, Senior Creative Director have announced three new appointments to their senior team. Beth Ambrose , Sonia Sohal and James W Newton will join the unit as Head of Production, Head of Development and Senior Executive Producer respectively.

Beth Ambrose, who joins as Head of Production, started her career in the indie sector at Fremantle then joined the BBC working across an array of factual programming from Louis Theroux to The One Show, Imagine to Planet Dinosaur. She’s also made feature length dramas such as The Whale and Simon Amstell’s Carnage and spent time at BBC Comedy. After four years as Head of Production at Bohemia Films making documentaries such as Bent Coppers for BBC Two and The Festival That Rocked the World for Sky, she returned to the BBC and has Line Produced and Production Exec’d a range of titles in Science and the NHU including Our Universe for Netflix and Attenborough and the Giant Sea Monsterfor BBC One.

Sonia Sohal joins the unit as Head of Development from Story Films where she was brought in to drive the new popular factual side of documentaries at the company. Prior to joining Story Films, she was Head of Development at start-up indie, Great Scott Media, and before that was Development Executive at Raw, working with the senior leadership team to grow a slate of documentary formats. She has credits such as Surviving Paradise (Netflix), Joanna Lumley’s India (ITV), Child Genius (C4), Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft(C4), and Uncharted (Nat Geo).

Joining as Senior Executive Producer is James W Newton a BAFTA, RTS and Grierson nominated director and executive producer. Recent work includes Evacuation for Channel 4 which premiered at Sheffield DocFest, directed by James. He also executive produced Super Surgeons: A Chance at Life, now in its second series. He also devised narrative product placement for the series partner Macmillan Cancer Support and led a team to create original branded idents, for which they received the D&AD Wood Pencil award. Newton received a Factual Director BAFTA nomination for Baby Surgeons: Delivering Miracles and has executive produced The Kidnap of Angel Lynn which won Outstanding Documentary Film at the True Crime Awards.

Beth Ambrose said: “ I am thrilled to be joining such an ambitious, hard-working and creative team. The work of The Documentary Unit is so wide ranging and embraces such a wealth of expertise in developing and making complex, hard-hitting and inspiring content. I feel incredibly privileged to be a part of its future.”

Sonia Sohal said:  “I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to join the new-look unit with the creative aspiration to generate new and innovative content through a range of documentary forms. I’m incredibly excited about building a diverse and ambitious slate with some brilliantly talented people.”

James W Newton said: “It is a privilege working with amazing people, because the films we make are a product of the teams we build. The best projects come when we work together, to create a vision for original storytelling. Through extraordinary characters, we can then shed new light on our increasingly complex world. I’m incredibly excited to be working on long-term access at the Docs Unit, and to be a part of their brave new strategy.”

Jon Creamer

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