Geoffrey Goodwin is a TV and digital media executive who has been active for over 20 years in both the UK and his native Canada. Geoffrey was Head of Strategy for Drama, Entertainment, Comedy, Children’s and Film at the BBC from 2003 to 2007. He also wrote the BBC’s under 18s strategy with Andy Parfitt that helped set out the case for the BBC’s license fee negotiations in 2007. In 2007 Geoffrey set up BBC Switch; a multi-platform brand aimed at teenagers, which he ran for four years. In January 2013, after working for the then CEO of BBC Worldwide John Smith, Geoffrey founded his own production and talent management company, 40 Partners LTD. Fast forward to June 2017, Goodwin, now Sr Director, Video EMEA at Oath (Verizon owned company that merged AOL and Yahoo!) runs Studios and Video, highlighted by significant commercial growth in the company’s brand funded video and editorial slates.
Over the last 2 years at the newly named Verizon Media, Goodwin has, with RYOT, delivered over 30+ brand funded, video-led campaigns in addition to over 750+ hours of premium video editorial content shot in our brand new studio; shows include Build, The Royal Box, The Football Show and Yahoo Play App shows such as Beat the Street and Room of Doom. Next up is the transformative 5G challenge of building a 2nd London-based studio to support premium next gen Interactive, Immersive and Smarter content experiences, employing new creative technologies such as XR Smartstages, MoCap, VolCap and Broadcast AR.
Geoffrey lives in London with his family, is Vice Chair of LIPA (Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts) and has an MBA from Edinburgh University.