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Freeland lands BBC fiction role

UK pubcaster the BBC has appointed one of its comedy execs to oversee fiction and entertainment production teams at the broadcaster.

Mark Freeland

Mark Freeland, who has been controller of comedy production at the BBC for the past six years, will become controller of fiction and entertainment, where he will lead in-house production teams across drama, entertainment and comedy genres.

He was previously the BBC’s head of comedy commissioning between 2002 and 2005, before a two-year spell at Hartswood Films.

Freeland has worked on shows including The Thick of It, Twenty Twelve and Miranda during his time at the BBC, and will report to director of television Danny Cohen.

He will work with the organisation’s international distribution arm BBC Worldwide and alongside Natalie Humphreys, controller of factual production, with the pair taking up the remit of former chief creative officer Pat Younge who left in July.

Cohen said: “Mark understands the creative risks needed to ensure BBC Productions continue to be known for their quality and innovation across the world. His track record speaks for him.”

He will take up the new role in mid-January, with a replacement controller of comedy production to be sought early in 2014.

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