March 18, 2024

Robert Schildhouse to Assume Expanded Role as President of BritBox North America and GM of BritBox International

BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial content studio and media & streaming business, today announced key leadership changes at BritBox International. Effective April 1, 2024, Robert Schildhouse is appointed to the expanded role of President of BritBox North America, and General Manager of BritBox International based in New York. Kerry Ball will continue in her role as Chief Commercial & Strategy Officer based in London. Schildhouse and Ball will now both report to Rebecca Glashow, CEO, BBC Global Media & Streaming. The moves follow BBC Studios recent acquisition of BritBox International, the leading specialist British streaming service delivering quality British scripted content to passionate fans.

Schildhouse brings a wealth of experience to this new position. Having most recently served as General Manager, North America, and Group Editorial for BritBox International, he has been instrumental in driving the streaming service’s business growth in the U.S. and Canada, while leading its global Content and Editorial organization. As part of his expanded role, Schildhouse will assume responsibility for product/technology and marketing, in addition to editorial.

Since its launch in 2017, BritBox International has solidified its position in the specialty streaming marketplace. The service boasts a remarkable track record of growth and profitability, with subscribers increasing by over 300% in the past four years and it is set for a record year this year.

“Robert’s commitment, creativity and passion for the business make him the optimal leader to drive the continued success of BritBox and I’m looking forward to working with him,” said Glashow. “With Robert’s deep understanding of the streaming landscape, combined with our world-class leadership team and staff, BritBox is poised for an exciting next phase of growth in the BBC portfolio.”

Schildhouse has been at the forefront of the streaming media industry from its inception, as part of the launch team at Hulu and then in leadership roles at CBS, where he was pivotal in securing groundbreaking content deals, and most recently in expanding BritBox’s reach to passionate fans across the globe.

“I am thrilled to take on this expanded role at such a pivotal moment for BritBox International. We have had an incredible year of growth and are uniquely positioned to solidify our standing as the premier destination for delivering quality British content to our loyal and expanding subscriber base,” said Schildhouse. “Great stories can come from anywhere, and we remain committed to curating premium content from the deep and varied creative community across the UK, including ITV, independent producers and from within BBC Studios.”

BritBox International brings the best of British entertainment to international audiences, all in one place. It offers a world class collection of originals, co-productions, and other popular scripted and live programming. Recent hits include Archie, Death in Paradise, Father Brown, Line of Duty, Sherwood and Shetland.




BritBox is a digital subscription video on demand service offering the largest and most comprehensive, unmissable collection of British entertainment available all in one place. BritBox delivers the UK’s favorite programmes, ranging from brand new commissions to gems, across a variety of genres, including critically-acclaimed drama, crime thrillers, classic comedy and powerful documentaries, alongside reality hits and entertainment.

BritBox is available on multiple platforms, including via the web, mobile, tablet, streaming devices and connected TVs, with the offering in each market showcasing the depth and breadth of British creativity. Providing a pipeline of exceptional content, made available as soon as it comes out of its broadcast and catch-up windows, BritBox is home to a wealth of titles from the deep and varied creative community across the UK, in addition to completely new original commissions from British production companies specifically created for BritBox.


BBC Studios is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group with profits (EBITDA) of £226 million on sales of £1.6bn (21/22). Able to take an idea seamlessly from thought to screen and beyond, its activities span content financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries across both its own productions, and programmes and formats made by high-quality UK independents, with three-quarters of its revenues from non-BBC customers including Discovery, Apple and Netflix.  Around 2,400 hours of award-winning British programmes made by the business are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms, with brands like Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing with the Stars, Top Gear, Bluey and Doctor Who., BBC Studios’ global digital news platform, has 139 million unique browser visits each month.