Ralph Lee, BBC Studios Productions’ CEO, shall be leaving the BBC’s business arm in April after nearly six years to pursue a brand new problem exterior the group.
Since being appointed director of content material in 2018, “Lee has guided BBC Studios Productions to unmatched artistic recognition – successful 111 awards and 400 nominations within the ’22/’23 monetary 12 months alone – and turning into essentially the most awarded manufacturing group on the BAFTA and RTS Awards,” BBC Studios mentioned on Thursday.
BBC Studios has initiated a seek for Lee’s successor.
“Ralph’s management has been a game-changer for our manufacturing enterprise, taking BBC Studios to artistic and award-winning heights in each style, each domestically and internationally,” mentioned BBC Studios CEO Tom Fussell. “His calm stewardship by means of and out of the COVID pandemic was invaluable, and he’s attracted excellent expertise like Kate Ward, Wealthy Knight and Cecilia Persson to our group, while overseeing world enlargement and progress amongst our manufacturing models, labels and invested indies.”
Lee mentioned: “As onerous as it’s to go away such an inspiring enterprise and colleagues who’re pioneers of their respective artistic and craft fields, I really feel now’s the appropriate time to discover different alternatives.”
The previous Channel 4 deputy chief artistic officer has led the manufacturing enterprise’ output, with a various portfolio together with the likes of Strictly Come Dancing, Comfortable Valley season 3, EastEnders, Physician Who, Prehistoric Planet, Good Omens, The Eurovision Track Contest Grand Ultimate, Struggle The Energy: How Hip Hop Modified The World, Inside Our Autistic Minds, Planet Earth III, The Coronation of King Charles III, Silent Witness, and Black Ops. He has additionally been in command of unique podcast collection, equivalent to Imagine in Magic.
The single greatest provider of content material to the BBC, BBC Studios Productions has additionally seen its third-party commissions develop, “now serving a sweep of world clients together with Apple TV+, Amazon, Netflix, Channel 4, UKTV, Discovery and Disney+,” the corporate mentioned.
In 2022, he was made CEO of BBC Studios Productions when the corporate created a single content material unit for its scripted, factual, world leisure and children & household productions, expertise relationships and content material funding. The transfer noticed him assume oversight of BBC Studios’ manufacturing labels and invested indies, together with Home Productions, Lookout Level, Clerkenwell, Voltage TV, Sid Light Movies and Firebird Photos, in addition to BBC Studios’ international manufacturing operations within the U.S., France, India, Australia, and the Nordics.
Lee’s tenure has additionally seen the introduction of tradition and management initiative The Pledge throughout all BBC Studios productions, empowering senior leaders to take duty for habits on their units and to offer readability and help its groups – whether or not on or off-screen. And in 2020 Lee additionally introduced the creation of an “Inclusion Rider,” committing BBC Studios Productions to a minimal goal of 20 p.c of its groups on all new BBC and third-party U.Ok. commissions coming from a Black, Asian, minority ethnic background, having a lived expertise of a incapacity, or being from a low-income background.
Ralph Lee, courtesy of BBC Studios