April 14, 2020
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New York, NY – BBC Studios today announces the appointment of Rebecca Glashow as President, BBC Studios – Americas. Glashow will lead the region’s strategy to develop the company’s diversified distribution business activities in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America and drive profitable long-term growth. Based in New York, Glashow will begin her new role on June 1, 2020 and report directly to Paul Dempsey, President, Global Distribution, BBC Studios. She replaces former President, Ann Sarnoff.
“Rebecca’s experience, energy, and entrepreneurial instincts make her perfectly placed to lead a new era of BBC Studios in the Americas as we look to take great British content to even wider audiences across the region,” said Dempsey.
“Like many, I have long admired the BBC for their unparalleled dedication in bringing some of the most incredible story-telling to audiences around the world,” remarked Glashow. “So, I absolutely jumped at the opportunity to lead BBC Studios’ diversified businesses for the Americas – and can’t wait to get started.”
Most recently, Glashow was the Co-Head of Awesomeness, a division of Viacom and leading entertainment brand focused on Gen Z, where she led all business operations and revenue including sales, marketing, research, distribution, and production. Prior to her role as Co-Head, Glashow was the Chief Strategy and Distribution Officer, where she oversaw global distribution, studio operations, and business development. Before joining Awesomeness, Glashow held various leadership roles at Discovery Communications. In her last role, she served as Senior Vice President, Digital Distribution & Partnerships, overseeing the strategy and operations for Discovery’s digital video business, including launching Discovery’s suite of mobile apps, OTT services, interactive experiences, and streaming content offerings. She also led the company’s content negotiations across all digital and traditional platforms (including MPVDS, SVOD, VOD, AVOD, and EST), and partnered with the international division to set the global digital strategy. Before Discovery, Glashow held executive roles at Comcast and InDemand.
Global Distribution is BBC Studios’ international distribution business, commercializing intellectual property from the company’s production division and leading British independent producers to generate value for rights holders and take British content to global audiences. Activities include content sales and co-production partnerships, channels and streaming platforms, consumer products and licensing education, and cinema and live events.
Glashow will also work closely with Matt Forde, Managing Director, International Production and Formats, whose Los Angeles-based production unit produces Dancing with the Stars, the Life Below Zero franchise among others.
About BBC Studios
BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries. BBC Studios’ award-winning British programs are recognized internationally across a broad range of genres and specialties. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including seven production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which makes over 2,500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector.
In the Americas, BBC Studios operates six offices in the region, and a key production base in Los Angeles, which is responsible for long-running and Emmy®-nominated Dancing with the Stars and multi-award-winning Life Below Zero, among others. The company secures co-production partnerships and content sales, as well as operates a robust franchise management, consumer products, licensing, education, and cinema and live events businesses. Across the region, BBC Studios manages joint venture relationships with AMC Networks for flagship channel BBC AMERICA (U.S.), home of original hit series Killing Eve and key brands Doctor Who, Top Gear and Seven Worlds: One Planet; with ITV for SVoD service BritBox (U.S./Canada); and strategic partnerships with Blue Ant Media for BBC Earth Channel (Canada) and Corus for BBC Canada (Canada), as well as a production partnership with Endemol Shine in Brazil, responsible for the successful Dancing Brasil.