BBC Films boss Christine Langan is to step down in the next few months and join Steve Coogan’s banner Baby Cow Productions as chief exec, Deadline has confirmed. Langan, who has led BBC Films since 2009, will be replacing Baby Cow chief exec Henry Normal, who left the company in April. Langan has not signed her deal with Baby Cow yet but discussions are at an advanced stage.

Coogan established Baby Cow in 1999 with Normal. In 2008, BBC Worldwide bought a 25% stake in the company. It has a long, successful track record in scripted series, especially comedies. Credits include The Trip to Italy, Moone Boy, Undercover, Gavin and Stacey- which launched the career of James Corden- and The Mighty Boosh.

Baby Cow has also co-produced a number of films, including Philomena, which BBC Films developed and co-financed, as well as other Steve Coogan features such as Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.

Langan began her career in TV at Granada, producing ITV dramedy Cold Feet. She is one of the more well-liked and respected film execs in the UK. Bringing her on-board is a big coup for Baby Cow.