BBC Studios Launches New Scripted Label River Pictures


BBC Studios has introduced the new scripted production label River Pictures, led by Andrew Morrissey and Michael Parke.

The new outfit will have offices in both Liverpool and London, with a key remit to continue to bring strong regional voices to screen.

Morrissey and Park have a strong track record of producing award-winning series in their roles as drama executive producers at BBC Studios. This includes both seasons of Jimmy McGovern’s BAFTA-winning series Time and all three seasons of the RTÉ series Smother. In 2024, they have two commissions coming to screen, including the Irish crime series Blackshore and the factual drama Kidnapped.

As leaders of River Pictures, the two will report to Mark Linsey, president of scripted productions at BBC Studios. The new label will open its door for business later this year.

“Andrew and Michael are two incredibly talented storytellers who can deliver authentic, complicated stories that have impact in a way that is thought-provoking and always accessible to a wide audience,” Linsey said. “Aside from their current productions, they have an exciting slate of titles, and I can’t wait to see it coming to fruition under their new label.”

Morrissey and Parke commented, “We’re very proud of the shows we have made with the team at BBC Studios and hugely excited for this new chapter and the commitment to making bold, ambitious and characterful drama in an environment that is creatively supportive. Having a base in Liverpool, as well as London, will allow us to build on the strong creative relationships we have established in the North West when making Time and Kidnapped. We can’t wait to get going.”