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BBC Studios Hires for Factual Entertainment & Events


Martha Housden and Claire Popplewell are joining BBC Studios’ Factual Entertainment & Events creative team, effective immediately.

Housden was named creative director of development, charged with leading the development output for BBC Studios Factual Entertainment & Events while collaborating closely with the existing team. She previously worked for Twenty Twenty as director of development for more than four years.

Popplewell was appointed creative director for BBC Studios Events, overseeing a team that creates and covers major U.K. and international events. Most recently, she produced and directed worldwide coverage of The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Hannah Wyatt, the managing director for Factual Entertainment & Events at BBC Studios, remarked: “I’m really delighted that Martha has joined the team; she’s a fantastic creative talent and will help us find the next generation of formats for BBC Studios. Claire’s experience and vision make her absolutely the right person to lead the Events area forward and build on its brilliant reputation.”

Housden noted: “I am thrilled to be joining BBC Studios at such an exciting time and I’m looking forward to working with the talented teams here to create the next generation of returnable formats.”

Popplewell added: “I couldn’t be prouder to be leading Events into the next chapter of our illustrious history. Taking over a team at the top of its game is both a delight and an enormous challenge.”

About Joanna Padovano Tong

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