Jo Smith, currently portfolio editor for BBC Two and BBC Four, is to join Remarkable Factual in the newly created role of director of Programmes.
Reporting to ceo Kitty Walshe, the role will oversee all current productions and provide support on the day to day running of the company. Working closely with Kitty Walshe, Smith will also help build the label’s development strategy and grow the business.
Smith has over 15 years’ experience working on factual entertainment and popular factual shows. In her current role, she leads on editorial content strategy across the BBC portfolio, (with a particular emphasis on BBC Two, Four and factual and current affairs content).
Prior to this, Smith was the channel executive at BBC Three where she was charged with creating and commissioning original, content for BBC Three on iPlayer.
As well as her work in the broadcast space, she has experience across range of digital platforms, including running Google-commissioned YouTube channels and working across large branded campaigns with brands including Google, ASOS, BMW and Cancer Research UK.
Kitty Walshe, ceo, Remarkable Factual and RDF, said: “Jo is an incredibly experienced programme maker with a long list of standout credits to her name, but what really sets her apart is her digital first experience. As we make and develop a raft of new, ambitious factual, with innovation at its heart, this knowledge and experience will be invaluable, and I know she will be a huge asset to the team.”
Jo Smith added: “I am delighted to be joining Remarkable Factual as Director of Programmes; a company whose output I have long admired. I’m excited to be working with Kitty and her talented team. As well as managing the existing slate of incredible programmes, I look forward to developing and growing the next big factual shows and talent of the future.”
She will take up the position in the summer.
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