Stephen Davies has been named MD of BBC Studios Consumer Products and Licensing, the newly launched umbrella for all the commercial subsidiary’s publishing and product business.
The newly formed division will be responsible for BBC Studios’ licensed consumer products, live entertainment, licensed physical and digital audio and book publishing, DVDs and digital downloads, music products and music licensing. It will also look after video clips service BBC Motion Gallery and BBC Studios Learning.
Collectively these businesses are responsible for the commercial exploitation of some of the BBC’s biggest brands, including Doctor Who, Top Gear, Strictly Come Dancing as well as children’s brands Hey Duggee and Bluey, among thousands of hours of audio and visual content.
Marcus Arthur, President, BBC Studios UK and CEO UKTV says: “These businesses bring pleasure to millions of fans every year by extending their enjoyment of the BBC content and brands they love and I’m delighted Stephen has accepted this new role to ensure their continued success. Andrew has done a fantastic job managing our consumer product and publishing businesses and we wish him all the best in his new role.”
Stephen moves from his current role as Director for Live Entertainment, Music and Motion Gallery at BBC Studios, to lead the new business unit, effective Monday 4 November.
“Bringing the expertise in our consumer product and licensing teams together will mean that we can innovate, collaborate and share best practice across the business lines more easily and continue to delight and surprise audiences and make sustainable returns to the BBC,” he says.
The reorganisation follows the announced departure of Andrew Moultrie, currently Director, Consumer Products and Publishing who is leaving BBC Studios to take up a new role as CEO of BBC Studioworks, the commercial live and post production business owned by the BBC.