BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, today announced the appointment of Philipp Schmid to the newly created position of Co-Production Manager, Factual (Germany & France).
Schmid, who takes up the role immediately, will be responsible for seeking out and delivering factual co-production investment across Germany and France and will work with UK factual producers to develop bespoke content for these markets.
The new role addresses the increasing demand for locally tailored programmes in France and Germany, creating a strong editorial voice in factual landmark content at BBC Worldwide, and will be a central point of contact for BBC Worldwide's French and German co-production partners, as well as key content producers.
Schmid moves into the role from his former position as TV Manager, Factual for BBC Worldwide Germany where he was responsible for managing important German co-production relationships on landmark projects such as Frozen Planet, Planet Dino and Last Days Of Atlantis.
His successes in this job also include scheduling the weekly BBC Exklusiv factual slot on VOX and creating the BBC Spezial documentary slot with ProSieben.
Prior to this Schmid held positions within the public service, working in development at BBC London Factual and starting his career in production for Dragons' Den at BBC Manchester.
Based in the London office, Schmid will continue to be part of BBC Worldwide's Sales & Distribution EMEA team working closely with the company's German and French offices.
Tim Mutimer, SVP EMEA, Sales & Distribution commented: "With this appointment BBC Worldwide strengthens its commitment to delivering tailored factual co-productions into primetime slots in Germany and France.
"Philipp has an excellent track record in managing and developing factual co-productions with our German partners and it makes sense for us to harness his editorial insight and strong relationships with our production partners across two of our key European markets."
Schmid said of the appointment: "As a distributor we are ideally placed to combine our commercial expertise with a strong editorial sense for what works in Germany and France and our partners there.
"The one-size fits all approach to co-productions is obviously a thing of the past and I look forward to working with content producers and our international partners to develop exciting new projects for them across the UK, Germany and France."
BBC Worldwide has a long history of investing in factual co-productions in both markets with recent titles including Human Planet, Power Of The Planet, Inside The Titanic, Conspiracy Files, and Expedition Tiger.
Notes to editors
BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution is responsible for licensing programmes to customers around the world on behalf of the BBC and independent production companies.
As the largest exporter of finished television programmes outside of the US studios, this business manages a catalogue of around 50,000 hours spanning all genres. It runs BBC Showcase, the world's biggest programme trade fair organised by a single distributor and is also responsible for developing and sourcing funding and partners for international co-productions.
In 2010/11, Sales & Distribution generated gross profits of £64 million on gross sales of £260.6 million.
(Source : BBC Worldwide Press Release)