James Farrell has been appointed head of development for comedy at BBC Studios.
Farrell started his career as a script editor in BBC Comedy before becoming a development producer. He went on to produce shows such as Mrs Brown’s Boys, Our Ex-Wife, Crims and Flat TV.
In his new role, he will oversee the development slate of projects for new audiences and channels as well as the BBC.
Chris Sussman, head of comedy, BBC Studios, said: “James has a great editorial eye and an uncanny ability to attract the best talent in the business. As BBC Studios begins its exciting future, he’s going to play a key role in growing our development slate and building relationships with new broadcasting partners.”
Farrell added: "I couldn't be more thrilled to be taking the comedy development reins at such an exciting time for BBC Studios, and indeed such an exciting time to be making television. And I look forward to turning Chris Sussman's strong and stable leadership into a coalition of chaos!"
Farrell takes up his role with immediate effect.