BBC Studios has appointed Nick Lee as Commercial Director Drama and Comedy.  The appointment follows Caroline Stone’s recent departure from BBC Studios.

He will be responsible for developing the  commercial strategy for the overall portfolio, leading on key partnership deals, driving “new business and providing leadership and direction to Commercial Directors in Drama and Comedy.”

Lee started his career at ITV Plc. He then went on to become the BBC’s Commercial Manager, Multiplatform & Home Entertainment. He joined Channel 4 in 2013, holding a variety of roles within Acquisitions before becoming Head of Acquisitions and International in 2021.  He has been key to evolving and diversifying the acquisition business model and landing titles like Handmaids Tale, Fargo, Rick and Morty and The Great as well as spearheading the True Crime on 4 initiative, the growth of VOD catalogue titles and the pre-buying of scripted and non-scripted into the peak schedule.  Prior to Channel 4 he was Acquisitions Manager, TV Series, Feature Docs & Special Interest at NBC Universal delivering third party deals for the NBCU Int. Distribution group.

Nick Lee says:  “I’m hugely proud of my achievements at Channel 4 and I now relish the chance to help shape the creative strategy of BBC Studios and work with its stellar portfolio of scripted producers.”

Mark Linsey, President, BBC Studios Scripted Productions says: “I am so pleased to have Nick joining us at BBC Studios. He has a proven track record as an astute deal maker and this combined with his passion for drama and comedy is going to make him a fantastic addition to the team.”

Lee will report to Saul Venit, Chief Operating Officer, BBC Studios Scripted Productions and  will take up his role on a date to be confirmed.


Jon Creamer

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