BBC Worldwide America has restructured its business to form synergies with its Content & Production arm and drive sales and partnerships with U.S. broadcasters.
As part of off BBC Worldwide’s strategy to drive greater program exports via its Global TV Sales division, Paul Telegdy will head lead BBC Worldwide America's TV Sales and Co-productions business, while continuing to lead BBC Worldwide's U.S. Content & Production arm. Based in Los Angeles, Telegdy has been instrumental in growing the production of some of the biggest U.S. reality shows of the past 12 months: Dancing with the Stars and Dance War: Bruno vs Carrie Ann for ABC, and Clash of the Choirs for NBC.
Telegdy moved to Los Angeles in 2004 from the BBC's Drama, Entertainment and Children's division. His knowledge of British content from the BBC and UK independent sector, combined with an intricate appreciation of programming needs of U.S. broadcasters, will enable him to deliver co-production opportunities and the sale of innovative British content, according to company officials
Susanna Pollack rejoins BBC Worldwide America as senior vice president TV Sales, Co-Productions and Children's, spearheading sales activity across all genres and jointly reporting to Telegdy and Gill Pritchard, head of BBC Worldwide's Children's business. Pollack, who will be based in New York following the departure of will also assume responsibility for growing BBC Worldwide's children's brands in the U.S., which has seen recent successes with Charlie & Lola on Disney and The Secret Show on Nicktoons.
For the past two years, Pollack has managed the global television, home entertainment and licensing businesses for children's entertainment company Star Farm Productions. At BBC Worldwide America she previously worked in several areas including drama co-productions, PBS syndication, cable sales and oversaw business development of Children's properties.
"It makes great sense for us to cross pollinate the TV Sales business with our Content & Production arm in the U.S. under Paul's direction,”said BBC Worldwide America president Garth Ancier in a statement. “Both businesses have built very solid relationships with all the major networks and broadcast operators and it is exactly the right time to unify our approach and bring a stronger proposition to our clients.”