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Tom Fussell Named CEO of BBC Studios

Fussell has been interim chief executive officer since September 2020.

BBC Studios is now the permanent chief executive officer of BBC Studios, Variety reports.  

Fussell stepped into the role for the commercial production and distribution arm of the company in September 2020 after Tim Davie left the role to become director general of the BBC.  

“In the last year, Tom has proven himself an outstanding leader for BBC Studios, steering the company through its most difficult times with both conviction and compassion, and delivering strong results,” says Davie. “We share immense ambition for the business: making bold and brilliant content for audiences everywhere, and taking world-class British programs and journalism to the world in new ways. I’m delighted that Tom will be leading the BBC Studios’ team to achieve this vision. 

Before joining the BBC as chief financial officer in 2016, Fussell had worked as chief financial officer of Shine Group and held commercial and finance director roles at publishing houses HarperCollins and Random House. 

“I’m honored to be heading up BBC Studios for the future,” said Fussell. “BBC Studios is a core part of the BBC Group, and increasingly supports across all its strategic priorities from unique high priority content and impartiality to online and, of course, commercial income. With ambition to serve both British and international audiences in new ways, my role is to work with everyone in BBC Studios to strengthen and transform all we do for the future.” 

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