May 10, 2010

Paul Davis-Miller Named Senior Vice President, Fiction For BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution

New York, NY – BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, today appointed Paul Davis-Miller to the newly created post of SVP Fiction, for the Sales & Distribution division. Davis-Miller will be based in the New York office, reporting to Matt Forde, EVP Sales & Co-Productions, BBC Worldwide, Americas.

Davis-Miller is the second key appointment to the Sales & Distribution team, joining Greg Johnson who last week was named SVP, Factual, Sales & Distribution. Davis-Miller will work closely with clients across the Fiction genre to determine their programming needs and execute strategies that enable BBC Worldwide to deliver the best product to prospective buyers. He will also manage relationships with BBC in-house and indie producers to foster co-production opportunities for potential partners and find suitable platforms for the BBC’s catalog of quality content. The appointments of both Davis-Miller and Johnson are part of an overall repositioning of the Sales & Distribution operation under Matt Forde’s leadership.

“Greg and Paul will be huge assets to our Sales & Distribution team and their experience will strengthen our sales division and invigorate our business across the U.S.,” said Forde. “Paul has a proven sales track record, having held senior positions at two established production and distribution companies. BBC Worldwide is already active in the co-production business in the U.S. and Paul’s extensive background in production and ability to recognize the needs of our production partners will be immensely valuable to our clients. ”

Davis-Miller began his career working in finance and merchant banking until joining Unapix Entertainment as VP of Sales in 1995. Here, he established and developed the Cable Sales division for their New York operation and secured impressive sales deals with premium and basic cable channels. Davis-Miller left Unapix in 2000 to become a Features Producer, and worked on films such as London and Jack and Jill until joining Peace Arch Entertainment as SVP of Sales, Acquisitions, & Co-Productions in 2005. While there, he built a robust U.S. Cable Sales division, closed valuable content deals, and established vital relationships with leading U.S. broadcasters. Davis-Miller left Peace Arch Entertainment in 2009 to become an Independent Sales Agent and Producer and secured significant deals between production companies and leading U.S. cable channels, such as Spike TV, Showtime, and Starz.