[New York, NY] – February 4, 2015 – BBC AMERICA has named Nena Rodrigue to the role of Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Acquisitions and Production, a newly created position. Rodrigue will oversee all of BBC AMERICA’S development, original productions, co-productions, and acquisitions. She was formerly Senior Vice President, Programming and Production of SundanceTV.
Rodrigue will report to Sarah Barnett, President of BBC AMERICA, a role she was named to last month. Barnett was previously President of SundanceTV.
SundanceTV and BBC AMERICA are both part of the AMC Networks channel group, with BBC AMERICA operated as a joint venture between AMC Networks and BBC Worldwide.
“Nena is a highly sophisticated programming executive, with a creative vision that will be invaluable for BBC AMERICA’s next phase of growth,” said Barnett. “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. I couldn’t be more pleased to have her join the talented team at BBC America.”
Rodrigue will continue to oversee SundanceTV development and production for an interim period until a new successor is named.
BBC AMERICA is coming off its most successful year ever, with record delivery in primetime and among total viewers. Its 2015 programming slate underscores its commitment to creating some of the most dynamic programming on television, which includes returning series Broadchurch (March 4), Orphan Black (April 18), Luther and Ripper Street, plus new series Mud, Sweat and Gears, Tatau, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, The Last Kingdom and London Spy.
Since joining SundanceTV in March 2013, Rodrigue has overseen the development and production of the network’s critically-acclaimed, award-winning series and mini-series, including: two seasons of original series “Rectify”; “The Honorable Woman”; “The Returned”; “The Red Road”; and “Babylon” in addition to new series “Hap and Leonard,” which is currently in production. Before SundanceTV, she held various development and production roles for Dick Wolf’s Wolf Films, Touchstone TV, Imagine Television, Witt-Thomas productions, and in Fox’s alternative TV division.
About BBC AMERICA
BBC AMERICA delivers U.S. audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. A joint venture between BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and AMC Networks, BBC AMERICA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including four Emmy® Awards, five Golden Globes® and 12 Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of cable’s most affluent and educated audiences and is available on cable and satellite TV in 80 million homes. It broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online, www.BBCAmerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist. Find out more by visiting www.Press.BBCAmerica.com/ or follow us on www.twitter.com/BBCAMERICA.