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New arrivals in the senior team at BBC Studios Drama


New arrivals in the senior team at BBC Studios Drama

BBC Studios has announced two new recruits to join their senior team at BBC Studios Drama Productions.

Kate Oates, Head of Drama, BBC Studios Drama Productions:

“We’re thrilled to have both Roxanne and Tom at Drama Productions. It is an exciting time to welcome such experienced and ambitious creatives, as we grow our own slate of shows.  Both Tom and Roxanne bring a wealth of experience to their new Development roles.  For Roxanne, it’s also a warm return to Casualty, where she has already generated multiple award-winning stories and ideas; while we welcome Tom back to the BBC after a successful period at Apple.”

Roxanne Harvey joins as Executive Producer for the long-running continuing drama series Casualty as well as leading on development in Wales. Tom Williams joins in a newly created role as Head of Development Drama across the entire BBC Studios Drama production unit.

Both new hires follow the recent news that Kate Oates has been appointed Head of Drama Productions at BBC Studios. Oates will now lead the UK’s biggest drama production hub outside London. Alongside Kate, Deborah Sathe has been promoted to Creative Director and Siân O’Callaghan as Director of Production.

As Head of Development for BBC Studios Drama Productions, Tom joins the department at an exciting time of growth delivering ambitious, commercially optimised and returnable drama series into the domestic and international marketplace.  Tom will be overseeing the national development team as well as overseeing the BBC Studios writing initiatives. Tom will report into Deborah Sathe.

Roxanne Harvey as Executive Producer, Casualty and Executive Producer, Development Wales, will be taking the helm of the medical saga, together with developing her own slate of new projects for both the UK and international markets. 

Roxanne Harvey:

Casualty holds a special place in my heart, so it’s an exceptional privilege to be joining Kate, Deborah and the phenomenal team to deliver distinctive, addictive characters alongside ambitious, emotionally epic stories that reflect our modern day NHS. I’m equally elated to be building upon a remarkable talent base on the show and in Wales to develop fresh, exciting new dramas that will be just as iconic.”

BBC Studios Drama production unit has a slate that includes EastEnders, Casualty, Father Brown, Sister Boniface, River City, Pobol Y Cwm, and new comedy-drama Anfamol. as well as a team working on new drama developments for the Beeb and domestic and international channels and platforms. Silent Witness will also move to the unit when it moves to the West Midlands later in 2024.

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