BBC appoints new director of commercial and business operations for AUNZ

BBC Studios Australia and New Zealand is ramping up its local production business locally with the hire of Will Hamilton to the new position of director of commercial and business operations.

Hamilton was previously at Eureka Productions where he served as director of production and operations.

In his former role, Hamilton worked with commercial networks and major international streaming platforms including The Amazing Race Australia, Luxe Listings, Frogger, Holey Moley, and Making It.

He joins BBC Studios to lead its production set-up and deliver the business and commercial plan as the company expands in Australia. Hamilton will report to general manager and creative director, Kylie Washington, and will also work closely with senior legal counsel Daniel Doctor.

Hamilton has also spent time as business director at Seven Studios and had a stint as director of production and TV operations at Fremantle Media.

Washington said: “I’m delighted to welcome Will to the team. 2021 has been a big year for us with four local commissions secured during the first half of the year.

“With filming due to commence on the latest series of The Great Australian Bake-Off in the coming months, which will be produced by BBC Studios for the first time, and with a number of other productions in development, the time was right to add to our team.

“Will has a fantastic track record and a wealth of experience with some of the world’s biggest brands managing slates for Eureka Productions, Seven Studios and Fremantle Australia.  I’m excited to work with him to grow our business further as we enter the next phase of our expansion.”

On his new role, Hamilton said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Kylie and the team at BBC Studios. The BBC is a global iconic brand with an extensive and diverse pipeline, so ideally poised at such an exciting time in our industry.

“With a range of scripted and unscripted projects planned, I’m looking forward to growing this exciting business with Kylie.

Managing director, international production and formats, Matt Forde, added: “Will is a valuable addition to our Australian production team as BBC Studios continues to build its production business around the world.

“With a wealth of proven formats across all genres, our global international production and formats business is booming and I’m pleased to have someone of Will’s calibre on board.”

The Great Australian Bake-Off is the fourth local commission for BBC Studios ANZ this year. BBC productions have this year included Mastermind, Weakest Link, and Dancing With the Stars: All Stars as well. 


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