New BBC America president Sarah Barnett has brought in her top lieutenant at SundanceTV, Nena Rodrigue. Rodrigue has been named EVP Original Programming, Acquisitions and Production for BBC America, a newly created position, She will oversee all of the network’s development, original productions, co-productions, and acquisitions, reporting to Barnett. Barnett was appointed BBC America president following the acquisition of 49.9% in the channel by SundanceTV parent AMC Networks.
Rodrigue was most recently SVP Programming and Production at SundanceTV, overseeing original programming for the channel under Barnett. Rodrigue will continue to oversee SundanceTV development and production for an interim period
Since joining SundanceTV in March 2013, Rodrigue has overseen the development and production of such series and miniseries as two seasons of Rectify, The Honorable Woman, The Returned, The Red Road and Babylon, in addition to new series Hap And Leonard, which is in production. Before SundanceTV, she held development and production roles for Dick Wolf’s Wolf Films, Touchstone TV, Imagine Television, Witt-Thomas productions, and in Fox’s alternative TV division.
“Nena has helped drive SundanceTV’s evolution as a distinctive player in the scripted drama space, and she has played a key role in multiple SundanceTV-BBC co-productions,” Barnett said. “She is a highly sophisticated programming executive with a creative vision that will be invaluable for BBC America’s next phase of growth.”