In yet another defection from the BBC, BBC Studios Director Peter Salmon is leaving the corporation to join Endemol Shine Group as Chief Creative Officer. Salmon will lead the creative direction of ESG’s worldwide network which includes 120 production companies in over 30 markets.
Salmon was named last July to run BBC Studios, the new production division created as part of the broadcaster’s move to separate TV production from TV commissioning. His exit from the BBC comes on the heels of departures of such key execs as BBC Director of Television, Danny Cohen; and BBC Two and BBC Four Controller Kim Shillinglaw. The moves all come as Director General Tony Hall is due to announce a major overhaul of the BBC’s existing structure.
Before heading to BBC Studios, Salmon was Controller of BBC One and BBC Sport, and Director of BBC North. He is the co-inventor of charity Sport Relief and was responsible for greenlighting such BBC series as Waking The Dead, Holby City and dinnerladies. He also oversaw in-house BBC productions including Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear and EastEnders. Other credits include Crimewatch UK and Wallace And Gromit‘s The Wrong Trousers.
As CCO at ESG, which is moving into its 2nd year post-merger, Salmon will have oversight of the UK business, working with CEO Richard Johnston and COO Lucinda Hicks. Globally, his brief will be to champion ideas and further accelerate the rollout of content internationally across linear and digital platforms, with the Creative Networks division, led by Lisa Perrin, also reporting to him.
Salmon’s last day of employment at the BBC is May 31; he takes up his post at ESG in late summer. On leaving the public broadcaster, Salmon said, “My first job in the media was at the BBC 35 years ago and I am a huge supporter of the corporation, its program makers and its ethos. So it’s with a mixture of excitement and sadness that I’m moving on. I agreed with Tony Hall I would help get BBC Studios successfully through this first phase, establishing a strong senior team, its direction and remit, so this feels like an appropriate time for a successor to come in and take up the baton. I look forward to working over the next couple of months to ensure there are strong foundations and a thorough handover.”
ESG has also said that former General Counsel of News UK, Emma Moloney, has been named General Counsel Endemol Shing Group. That follows Boudewijn Beusmans’ move to his new role as CEO of Endemol Shine Netherlands.