Mark Linsey is the Director of BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial production arm that creates bold, British, creative content across a range of genres and specialisms. From Strictly Come Dancing, Doctor Who and Mrs Brown’s Boys to Planet Earth II, Three Girls and Glastonbury, its programmes are renowned for their quality and loved by audiences in the UK and around the world. Mark leads on all aspects of BBC Studios, driving creative excellence and commercial performance.
BBC Studios launched as a wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of the BBC in April 2017, able to make programmes for other UK and international broadcasters, to support the BBC’s public service mission and generate financial returns for licence fee payers. With bases all over the country, BBC Studios reflects and represents diverse voices and creative talent from across the UK.
Mark joined BBC Studios in March 2016. He was previously Acting Director, BBC Television, leading the BBC’s channel portfolio, BBC iPlayer and genre commissioning. Prior to that he was Deputy Director, BBC Television and Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, where he was responsible for some of the BBC’s biggest programmes including Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice, The Voice, Top Gear, The Graham Norton Show, Have I Got New For You, Masterchef, Comic Relief and The Revolution Will Be Televised.
Mark joined BBC Entertainment Commissioning in February 2007, first as a commissioning editor then as an executive editor. Before he joined the BBC, Mark had senior roles in the independent production sector, including Director of Entertainment at Talent Television, where he developed and produced new entertainment and factual entertainment formats, Managing Director of Zeal TV and Head of Entertainment at Tiger Aspect. Prior to this he was a freelance series producer working across a host of entertainment formats for all broadcasters, including The Lily Savage Show (BBC One), You Bet (ITV), Something For The Weekend (Channel 4).
Mark reports into the Director General Tony Hall, sits on the BBC Executive Committee and the BBC Studios Board and chairs the BBC Studios Executive Committee.