BBC Studios has hired two new recruits to join the senior team at BBC Studios Drama Productions.

Roxanne Harvey joins as Executive Producer for Casualty as well as leading on development in Wales.  Tom Williams joins in a newly created role as Head of Development Drama across the entire BBC Studios Drama production unit.

Harvey most recently co-produced Joan for ITVX and previously story produced the BAFTA nominated Too Close starring Emily Watson for ITV and the BBC One Strike series for Bronte Film and Television.  During this time she also built her own slate of projects alongside Creative Director Jenny van der Lande.  Prior to this she ran the Casualty story-lining team.

Tom Williams joins BBC Studios from Apple, where he was part of the European commissioning team. Prior to that Williams was Head of Development at Wall to Wall, and previously worked across shows such as Ten Percent and The Man in the High Castle for Amazon, and The English Game for Netflix.

Both new hires follow the recent news that Kate Oates has been appointed Head of Drama Productions at BBC Studios. Oates will now lead the UK’s biggest drama production hub outside London. Alongside Oates, Deborah Sathe has been promoted to Creative Director and Siân O’Callaghan as Director of Production.

As Head of Development for BBC Studios Drama productions, Williams will be overseeing the national development team as well as overseeing the BBC Studios writing initiatives. He will report into Deborah Sathe.

Roxanne Harvey as Executive Producer, Casualty and Executive Producer, Development Wales, will be taking the helm of Casualty, together with developing her own slate of new projects for both the UK and international markets. 

Kate Oates, Head of Drama, BBC Studios Drama Productions says: “We’re thrilled to have both Roxanne and Tom at Drama Productions. It is an exciting time to welcome such experienced and ambitious creatives, as we grow our own slate of shows.  Both Tom and Roxanne bring a wealth of experience to their new Development roles.  For Roxanne, it’s also a warm return to Casualty, where she has already generated multiple award-winning stories and ideas; while we welcome Tom back to the BBC after a successful period at Apple.”

Roxanne Harvey says: “Casualty holds a special place in my heart, so it’s an exceptional privilege to be joining Kate, Deborah and the phenomenal team to deliver distinctive, addictive characters alongside ambitious, emotionally epic stories that reflect our modern day NHS. I’m equally elated to be building upon a remarkable talent base on the show and in Wales to develop fresh, exciting new dramas that will be just as iconic.”

Tom Williams says: “I’m delighted to be joining such a fantastic team of incredibly talented people. BBC Studios has a long history of producing some of the best and most loved shows in the U.K. and around world, so the opportunity to play a part in shaping the creative direction of this exciting new era for the studio was simply too good of an opportunity to turn down.”

Jon Creamer

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