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BBC Studios appoints new director of content

Ralph Lee joins from Channel 4

Ralph Lee has been appointed director of content at BBC Studios.

The newly created role sees Lee acquire overall control of BBC Studios Production’s creative strategy in the UK.

He will work closely alongside Anna Mallett, MD, production, who will have overall accountability for BBC Studios Production’s operations and P&L, as well as International Production & Formats.

Lee takes up the new role, which reports to CEO Tim Davie, in October.

Before becoming interim chief creative officer at Channel 4, Lee served as deputy chief creative officer from 2014 to 2017, with editorial leadership of All 4.

“I am thrilled to be joining BBC Studios at such a key point in its journey, off the back of its commercial debut and recent merger,” said Lee. “With depth and richness across multiple genres, BBC Studios already has fantastic creative credentials, and I am looking forward to working with everyone there to realise our future ambitions and take our output from strength to strength.”

Davie added: “We are delighted to welcome Ralph to BBC Studios. His passion for programmes that are intelligent, unexpected and entertaining is plain to see – and he brings a proven ability to understand what audiences want, and to partner with creatives to deliver it.”