Contact: Helen JacksonRegion: World-wide

Title: Chief Content Officer
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Region: World-wide

About Channel

BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The business exists to support the BBC public service mission and to maximise profits on its behalf.

We do this through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values.

We also build the reach and reputation of the BBC brand overseas and champion British creativity. 

Programme Interests

Content sits at the heart of our business and is headed up by Chief Content Officer, Helen Jackson. Helen drives the creative and commercial vision for our content strategy as well as the editorial framework of its channels. 

Working closely with BBC Production, now BBC Studios, as well as our own production companies and independent production houses, the team ensures that we have a rich and varied catalogue of titles by managing the company’s investment into programmes. As well as buying in finished programmes, the team also includes a wealth of expertise in the production and commissioning field, as well as responsibility for creating formats from the UK to our production studios in France, Norway, India and the USA. Our content team also plays a pivotal role in nurturing new talent both on and off screen while exploring new commercial ideas and opportunities. New development schemes, including the Paper to Pitch fund, aids the development of new formats. 

We work with over 250 UK independent production companies, showcasing their content across the globe as well as holding equity stakes in a number of indies such as Greenbird Media and LookOut Point. 

We invest in high quality, premium titles such as War and Peace and The Hunt. Forthcoming investments include The CollectionTop of the Lake 2 and Earth: One Amazing Day (w/t).

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Helen Jackson was appointed Chief Content Officer in December 2012.  In this role, Helen oversees the creative and commercial vision for BBC Worldwide's content strategy and covers the company's content development and acquisition activity, channels curation and editorial standards.

Previously BBC Worldwide's Managing Director, Content & Production and, before, Director of Independents, Helen joined BBC Worldwide more than two decades ago.  In that time, she has built up formidable commercial experience in the television sector holding various roles across international sales and distribution, marketing and content investment.

In 2000, Jackson launched BBC Worldwide's Indie Unit to manage its rights acquisitions from the independent sector. Following the terms of trade changes in 2004, Jackson's leadership produced much closer partnerships and collaboration across the sector, through long-term development deals, seed investment to nurture new talent and a number of equity stakes in UK and international production companies.

Under Helen's leadership the Content & Production team took the lead in sourcing funding for British television.  She managed BBC Worldwide's investment in some of the UK's best independent producers - including Clerkenwell Films, Baby Cow and Big Talk, as well as start-ups Left Bank Pictures and Sprout Pictures - and directed BBC Worldwide's talent brand management, including a development deal with Raise The Roof Productions Ltd.

Internationally, she has overseen BBC Worldwide's production activity as the company expanded a network of production bases in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Mumbai, as well as establishing production partnerships in Sydney (Freehand), Toronto (Temple Street), Argentina (GP Media), Germany (Tower Productions), Russia (MIR Reality) and Brazil (Mixer).