Philippa Kowarsky is to step down from her role as Commissioning Editor of the BBC’s Storyville strand after less than a year in the role.

Kowarsky is leaving her role to pursue other ventures outside of the BBC.

BBC Films Director Eva Yates will take over her responsibilities until a replacement is found.

Kowarsky joined the BBC from Cinephil, the international sales and advisory firm which she founded in 1997 and where she was Managing Director.

At Cinephil Kowarsky represented and oversaw a diverse slate of films including Joshua Oppenheimer and Christine Cynn’s Academy award-nominated and BAFTA award-winning THE ACT OF KILLING and Alexander Nanau’s Academy and BAFTA award-nominated COLLECTIVE.

Kowarsky is also an acclaimed documentary producer with credits including Dror Moreh’s Academy award-nominated THE GATEKEEPERS, Andre Singer’s powerful Peabody and Emmy award-winning NIGHT WILL FALL, and most recently Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s FLEE which won the prestigious Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Documentary section at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and was in the Official Selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival.


Jon Creamer

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