Lisa Opie is the Managing Director of Factual, BBC Studios. She is responsible for the leadership of BBC Studios’ Factual teams across 6 business units; The Natural History Unit, Topical and Live, Unscripted Productions, The Documentary Unit, Pacific Quay Productions and The Science Unit. Together they produce over 1000 hours of outstanding, thought-provoking and inspiring content across a broad range of genres and subjects, from established strands like Horizon, Watchdog and Countryfile, to the award-winning Big Blue Live, Murdered by My Boyfriend and Life and Death Row. Lisa works with the creative leads, production management and business teams to enable BBC Studios to continue to deliver and grow its world-class content.
Lisa also joined the BBC Studios Executive Committee in April 2018 where she is responsible for developing and implementing the business strategy within Factual.
Before joining the BBC in 2013, initially as Controller of Business for Factual & Daytime, Lisa was Managing Director of Two Four Digital, where she helped create digital channels and content for brands, broadcasters and businesses keen to engage audiences on multiple platforms.
Prior to that Lisa was Managing Director of Content at Channel Five and Managing Director of Flextech Television (once partner with the BBC in UKTV).
Previously Lisa worked at the satellite TV company BSB and presented and researched radio programmes for BBC Radio Wales.
She began her career in the theatre having attended the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Indiana University Theatre School.