BBC Studios is the home of British comedy and is responsible for many of the greatest programmes of all time. The Office. Absolutely Fabulous. Monty Python. This Country. The Thick Of It. From nurturing new voices to partnering with the country’s leading writers and performers, BBC Studios has been creating era-defining comedy for half a century - and continues to do s…
Head of Comedy
Josh is Head of Comedy at BBC Studios, overseeing a slate of multi-award-winning programmes includin...g Good Omens, Inside No. 9 and Trying. Previously Josh worked as commissioning editor at Sky where he was Executive Producer on the BAFTA award-winning Sally4Ever, Breeders and Two Weeks To Live. Josh’s producer credits include Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Crashing, Timewasters and Cockroaches.
Head of Production
Janet joined BBC Studios as Head of Production after working in BBC Commissioning looking after show...s such as The Mighty Boosh and Alan Partridge. As a St Martin’s alumna she is aware that creativity is the heart and soul of the business and without healthy partnerships with creators the screen would be blank.
Creative Director, Audio
Julia leads a team of talented people who are dedicated to crafting brilliant radio and podcast cont...ent for the BBC (Radio 4 and BBC Sounds) and third parties (Spotify and Audible). She leads on Audio strategy with others from BBC Studios and drives development, production and finding new business.
Madeline is a life-long comedy fan with a focus on developing ambitious laugh out loud shows. She wa...s previously Head of Development at King Bert Productions, where she created the David Walliams comedy drama anthology series After Ever After for Sky One. Madeline has worked extensively with emerging and established writers, and is passionate about nurturing diverse and under-represented voices.
Steven has over 25 years’ experience across comedy and drama in TV, theatre, radio and digital. Befo...re joining the BBC he was freelance in development and a theatre director and writer. At the BBC he’s been an executive in Radio Drama and Comedy, and TV Comedy. Recent shows include Two Doors Down, Mrs Brown’s Boys and Thick As.
Tom previously worked at Hat Trick where he developed and made comedy shows for broadcasters includi...ng BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Amazon, and Sky, and radio shows for Radio 4 and Audible. His first major commission was the popular BBC One sitcom Warren. He has a broad slate of projects, from half-hour sitcoms to hour-long comedy dramas.
Senior Development Producer
Sarah is a Senior Development Producer focused on new comedy drama content. Prior to the BBC, she wa...s Development Executive at Kudos Film & Television and worked on a mixture of drama and comedy including Two Weeks To Live for Sky. Sarah was Script Editor on series one of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s BAFTA-winning Killing Eve.
Senior Commercial and Business Affairs Manager
Michelle is a dual qualified lawyer with experience practicing law in the UK and New York. She is th...e senior lawyer handling deals for the Comedy slate including television, audio and online. Her experience in production includes the award-winning Good Omens (Amazon), Trying (Apple), and podcasts with Spotify and Audible.
Head of Finance
As Head of Finance, Will oversees the financial management of BBC Studios’ UK scripted production bu...siness. Will works across productions and developments on the slate, financially greenlighting shows and providing strategic and operational support. As a Chartered Accountant he’s worked in diverse roles across the BBC Group, and was closely involved in the transition work to create BBC Studios as the BBC’s commercial production business in 2017.
Finance Business Analyst
Ellain is responsible for accurately planning and forecasting the business, providing analysis and s...cenario modelling to support key business decisions. Prior to joining BBC in 2019, Ellain trained at PwC and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business, Finance and Economics at the University of Manchester.
Joe first joined the department as a Radio Comedy Producer in 2014. In 2018 he developed and produce...d critically acclaimed BBC Three comedy Ladhood written by Liam Williams which was recommissioned for a second series. He is currently working across multiple original commissions for BBC Studios.
Glasgow-based, Owen worked in drama before moving to comedy and producing for radio and then TV. He ...has script edited an array of shows and produced Bob Servant (Scottish RTS winner), Miller's Mountain (Scottish BAFTA winner) and The Tuckers. Owen splits his time between development and production.
Having joined the BBC over 15 years ago, Elena is an experienced producer who has worked across awar...d-winning programmes including Silent Witness. Elena later joined the BBC Studios Comedy team and works across a slate of projects focussed on both terrestrial and SVOD developments.
Kenny Tanner is a development producer for comedy. Before joining BBC Studios, Kenny spent three and... a half years at Merman where he worked in various development roles. He was also the Assistant Producer on the BBC Two series There She Goes starring David Tennant and Jessica Hynes.
Inez most recently produced BAFTA-winning short Brain in Gear created by and starring Gbemisola Ikum...elo. Previously she assistant produced two series of Josh and This Country, creating all the online content. She is developing a varied slate and is passionate about increased representation in front of and behind the camera.
Executive Producer, Audio
Pete has recently joined the BBC Studios audio team as an Executive Producer. Having co-created The ...Stand Up Sketch Show and multiple other TV shows and podcasts, he’s passionate about developing exciting new ideas and bringing new talent to the fore.
Senior Producer, Audio
Richard started in comedy as a stand-up and writer and for BBC Studios he’s made panel games like Ne...ws Quiz and Just a Minute as well as entertainment shows like The Tim Vine Chat Show and Tom Allen is Actually Not Very Nice. He recently made Zoo, a narrative caper with Anglesey comic, Tudur Owen.
Based in Manchester, Carl’s made a number of award-winning series with Sarah Kendall, Daliso Chapond...a, Henry Normal, Mark Steel, Tez Ilyas, Rhys James, and Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis. He’s recently produced a series of comedy shorts for Radio 4 with Filmmaker Jason Wingard called Where To Mate?
Leila produces Newsjack for Radio 4 Extra and Rose and Rosie: Parental Guidance for Spotify. She has... an exciting slate of upcoming shows, all reflecting her belief that comedy works best when created with a conscience and prides herself on making her content inclusive to under-represented voices.
Suzy has made many shows for Radio 4 including Joe Lycett’s Obsessions, Newsjack, Lazy Susan’s East ...Coast Listening Post, The News Quiz and award-winning sketch show It’s Jocelyn. Suzy was named ‘One to Watch’ by the Edinburgh TV Festival and is one of the producers on a new podcast for Spotify.
Sam has made many Radio 4 shows including the sitcoms In and Out of the Kitchen and Phil Ellis Is Tr...ying, and stand-up and sketch shows with Ellie Taylor, Alex Edelman, The Pin and Lenny Henry. He also made the long-running panel show It’s Not What You Know and produces Mrs Brown’s Boys for BBC One.
Hayley produces Newsjack for BBC Radio 4 Extra, Ed Reardon’s Week for Radio 4 and made the podcast E...urovision Calling for BBC Sounds with Scott Mills and Jayde Adams. She’s passionate about amplifying working class voices and is one of the producers of an upcoming new podcast for Spotify.
Ella is producing the next series of Quote...Unquote for Radio 4 and is developing a range of podcas...ts that include fiction and non-fiction. Coming from a background in independent podcasting, she’s an audio drama specialist having worked with BBC Sounds, BBC Wales and The London Podcast Festival.
Sarah is an experienced Production Executive and Producer. She enjoys creating efficient and happy p...roduction teams whilst managing budgets and working with producers and writers to help achieve their creative vision.
Eirwen has worked her way up from Runner to Production Executive, taking in most of the production r...oles on the journey. She loves working in Comedy as it's the genre where you are expected to laugh as a standard response. Career highlights include Good Omens, Famalam and The Wrong Mans.
More than 30 years ago Mark started at the BBC as a sound engineer. After many different production ...jobs in Sport, Entertainment, Music and Children's, he finally managed to work in his spiritual home in Comedy 12 years ago. Mark looks after shows all round the regions and nations of the UK including Mrs Browns Boys and Two Doors Down.
Production Executive, Audio
Cat leads an award-winning team of production management talent. She has worked across comedy, drama..., documentaries and live events as a production manager, line producer, editorial project manager and publishing and brand executive. She’s a qualified project manager and has also managed change projects in Radio HQ, public service BBC.
Scripted Development Manager
Jill began in Business Affairs but realised that her passion lay in development so moved into the BB...C Comedy Commissioning team before settling into her current position as the Scripted Development Manager. She loves how her job encompasses all of development from sourcing IP/talent to pitching and securing commissions.
Mark currently runs Short Stuff, BBC Scotland’s social media comedy strand and home to viral hits su...ch as Jim Smith and Duncan Murray. He has also developed and produced series including Moments That Made and Raiders of the Lost Archive.
Luke works in TV development and most recently produced Thick As by Ciaran Bartlett, a Comedy Blap f...or Channel 4, along with two other comedy pilots. His passion is developing diverse working-class British talent.
Lulu works as a Development Co-ordinator and Assistant to Head of Comedy, Josh Cole, and is working ...her way towards building a slate. Prior to joining BBC Studios, Lulu ran award-winning Lamb Comedy Productions, making comedy for the Brighton Fringe Festival. Her passion is developing comedy with heart.
Andy is a Line Producer with 25 years of experience across Comedy and Entertainment. He has a passio...n for live studio audiences and particularly loves working on live television. Career highlights include Upstart Crow, W1A, Famalam, Twenty Twelve, Vic & Bob's Big Night Out, Miranda, Still Open All Hours and Comic Relief.
Ian joined the BBC in October 1987 as general assistant, Radio. His first taste of working on TV Pro...ductions was as an accountant. He received an attachment in June 2003 as a Production Manager and has been in the role ever since. He is proud to have credits on programmes including Two Pints of Lager, Miranda, Bluestone 42 and Still Open all Hours.
Chris joined the BBC in 2002 and is responsible for setting up location productions, from Strictly C...ome Dancing, Top Gear, Inside No9, The Royal Wedding, Father Brown, Comic Relief, Edinburgh Festival, Stag and many more. He has a keen interest in classic cars, motorbikes and architecture, but most of all, loves his job and the wonderful characters he meets every day.
Gillian joined the BBC in 2003 as a Finance Assistant in News before moving to Procurement and then ...into Production Management. She has immersed herself in many different genres, including Entertainment, Children’s and Factual before settling in her desired home of Comedy, and has worked on Mrs Brown’s Boys since the pilot.
Sophie started in the Comedy department in 2014 working across a vast range of Radio Comedy output i...n London. In 2017 Sophie joined the team in Scotland to work on TV programmes such as Two Doors Down, The Moments That Made and Mrs Brown’s Boys.
Production Management Assistant
Deborah joined the BBC in 2017, working in Radio before moving into Comedy. She has most recently wo...rked on Mrs Brown’s Boys and across the digital Short Stuff strand.