BBC Studios ANZ names Simon Lopez as head of strategy

BBC Studios Australia and New Zealand has appointed Simon Lopez as head of strategy, a newly created role to helm the business’ global distribution arm.

In his role, Lopez will oversee BBC Studios’ growth strategy in ANZ, manage investments across its portfolio, and support negotiations with key customers.

Simon Lopez

Lopez joins from London where he led strategy and insight across Europe for BAI Communications, a telecommunications provider. Prior to that, he also served as head of corporate finance and reporting for Hoyts Group.

Lopez works from the Studios’ Sydney office, reporting to Dorota Tomas, the Poland-based senior vice president of global markets strategy and research, and Fiona Lang, general manager of BBC Studios ANZ.

Lang said: “Highly analytical and charismatic, with sharp commercial acumen and extensive experience across media and technology, Simon was a shoo-in for this new and vital role. We can’t wait to see what Simon brings to the table, and we’re thrilled he’s joining the ANZ team.”

Lopez added on his appointment: “I’m excited to join an incredibly strong ANZ team at what is a very interesting time for BBC Studios and the industry as a whole. I look forward to evolving our vision and executing our future-facing strategy for ANZ, and to deepening our major partnerships.

“Adding a locally-based strategy function for ANZ is a clear demonstration of BBC Studios’ long-term commitment to growth in this key market, and I’m excited for the future of our operation here.”

Early this year, BBC Studios has consolidated its APAC and EMEA distribution regions under the unified leadership of Nick Percy as president, global markets. Since then, the company has made local appointments including Deb Spinocchia as head of development and content, production.


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