November 21, 2014

Perry Simon Enters Into Exclusive Production Deal With BBC Worldwide North America

Development Deals in Place at BBC AMERICA and AMC Networks

New York, NY – Perry Simon, outgoing General Manager of BBC AMERICA, has signed an exclusive production relationship with BBC Worldwide North America. Simon will begin his production deal with development commitments already in place at BBC AMERICA and AMC Networks.

Simon previously announced he would leave his current role at the end of the year when the channel entered a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and AMC Networks last month.

Over four successful years leading BBC AMERICA, Simon introduced the channel’s first original dramas: Copper from Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana and the hit clone conspiracy drama, Orphan Black. Under Simon’s watch, ratings grew 47%, with a roster of award-winning shows including Doctor Who, Broadchurch, Luther and The Hour.

Herb Scannell, President BBC Worldwide North America, commented: “Perry is a creative force and has led BBC AMERICA with dedication and distinction. His deep knowledge of development, production, scheduling and marketing – along with his hallmark determination and thoughtfulness – have been key in growing the channel and reaching new audiences.”

In his new role, Simon will develop and produce programs for networks and digital platforms. He will continue to work closely with UK independent producers and writers including those that BBC Worldwide has invested in. Simon will report into Matt Forde, EVP Sales and Co-Productions, BBC Worldwide North America.

Forde commented: “Perry brings a wealth of production experience and relationships in the creative community that will strengthen BBC AMERICA’s and BBC Worldwide’s ability to bring great British content to life in the US. “

Simon spent much of his career in senior executive positions at NBC and Viacom.  Prior to joining BBC AMERICA, he was the Chief Content Officer at “over-the-top” TV service provider Sezmi Corp. and served as key advisor to YouTube from its start-up phase through to its sale to Google.