April 27, 2010

BBC Worldwide Productions Expands Scripted Development Team

Los Angeles, CA – BBC Worldwide Productions today announced that veteran AMC commissioner Vlad Wolynetz will be joining the team as Senior Vice President, Scripted Production, starting next month. He joins Hugh Fitzpatrick who came from William Morris Endeavor to become Vice President, Scripted Programming, earlier this month. Vlad and Hugh will join the scripted team led by Julie Gardner, SVP, Scripted and Executive Producer. Both men will be responsible for further developing the studio’s scripted slate, working with top-level U.S. writers and UK creative talent.

“We could not be more thrilled to have Vlad and Hugh joining the BBC Worldwide Productions team. Vlad’s unparalleled talent, proven insight of the marketplace, and commitment to quality programming makes him the perfect addition to our current team of talented scripted executives,” commented Jane Tranter, EVP, Programming and Production, BBC Worldwide Productions. “Hugh has already proven to be an incredible asset with his vast experience and proven success as a television literary agent.”

Vlad Wolynetz joins from AMC where he served as Vice President of Production, Series and Movies. In his 15 years at the network, Vlad supervised a wide range of series in multiple formats, including the production of AMC’s first drama series, the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning Mad Men, as well as Emmy®-winning Breaking Bad, Rubicon, Walking Dead and AMC’s first original movie, Broken Trail, which delivered record ratings and an Emmy® for the network.

Hugh Fitzpatrick joins from William Morris Endeavor where as a television literary agent, he represented a variety of writers and directors, who were integral to such shows as 30 Rock, The Office, The Mentalist, Fringe and Big Love, among others.

Hugh and Vlad are joining the BBC Worldwide Productions scripted team, reporting to Julie Gardner, who joined the team last year as SVP, Scripted and Executive Producer. Together with Jane Tranter, in her role as Head of Drama Commissioning and Head of Drama, BBC Wales, Julie was responsible for heading up the revival of Doctor Who, as well as the successful series, Torchwood, and a string of hit dramas including Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes andBeing Human. Jane Tranter moved to LA to head up BBC Worldwide Productions in January 2009 from her post as Controller, BBC Fiction and Controller, Drama Commissioning, where her work also included the award-winning productions Cranford, Little Dorrit, Gavin and Stacey, Merlin, Bleak House andCriminal Justice, among many others. In 2009, Jane received BAFTA’s Special Award in recognition of her outstanding creative contribution to the television industry.