Davies will oversee all live events in the U.K., which includes BBC Worldwide’s live shows and tours based around its iconic brands, as well as coordinate deals across all BBC Worldwide’s regions.
The live events business also encompasses visitor attractions such as the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, the Deadly Challenge at Longlead and the Orbi joint venture with SEGA, which opens next month.
“Our live events offer audiences around the world the chance to get up close to the brands they love including Top Gear, Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing With The Stars and Doctor Who,” says Marcus Arthur, managing director, BBC Worldwide U.K. and ANZ. “Stephen’s track record in securing valuable commercial partnerships and licensing deals leave him ideally placed to take our Live Events business to the next stage as a core part of the UK business. BBC Worldwide UK will continue in its role as a center of excellence and innovation, leading the way for the growth of the live brands across BBC Worldwide’s regions.”
Davies, who is formerly the director of audio, music and motion gallery, is replacing Philip Murphy, current managing director.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Live Events operation through its next phase of growth,” says Davies. “We have established a terrific business with leading events across a wide range of stellar brands and I am really excited about the potential to go even further.”