Managing Director, International Production & Formats, BBC Studios
Matt Forde is responsible for overseeing BBC Studios’ nine international production bases and formats businesses outside of the UK – Australia, the USA, France and India as well as joint ventures and partners in Germany, South Africa, the Nordics, Brazil and Benelux.
Matt Forde has a wealth of commercial and creative experience having worked in both Europe and North America and leading teams in both sales and production. Since September 2016 he has headed up the BBC Studios’ Los Angeles office, where he has led the development of the Dancing with the Stars brand, extending it into spin-offs Dancing with the Stars Athletes and Dancing with the Stars Juniors for ABC, as well as overseeing the multi-Emmy® award-winning programme Life Below Zero for National Geographic Channel. Forde recently secured a partnership with Lionsgate Television to identify, co-develop and co-fund scripted formats and original intellectual property for the U.S. market.
Prior to working in Los Angeles, Forde was Executive Vice President, Co-Productions, Sales and Digital Distribution for BBC Worldwide Americas, where he played an integral role in rapidly growing the company’s business across the U.S., Latin America, and Canada. He was at the forefront of developing longstanding relationships with Netflix, Hulu, Apple, and Amazon, amongst others, overseeing early co-production deals with Hulu on shows like The Wrong Mans and bringing Happy Valley exclusively to Netflix in the U.S. Before working in America, Forde ran the commercial relationship between BBC Productions and BBC Worldwide and was originally part of BBC Worldwide’s Indie Unit.
Forde reports into Mark Linsey, BBC Studios’ Chief Creative Officer. In Australia and New Zealand and in South and South East Asia, the local lead executives are accountable to Forde on production matters and continue to run the business on the ground.
About BBC Studios
BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services and ancillaries. BBC Studios’ award-winning British programmes are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including seven production bases in the UK, and a further nine wholly-owned and production partnerships internationally.
BBC Studios is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector. It works with the best British creatives, investing in and representing content outside the UK. This includes unscripted and scripted titles from both BBC Studios Production, such as Dancing with the Stars and Luther, and from the indie sector, such as Doctor Foster and The Great British Bake Off. Its international production and formats business produces around 500 hours of content a year across Entertainment, Factual Entertainment, Factual and Scripted, contributing to BBC Studios’ 2500 hours overall. BBC Studios has revenue of £1.4bn, and returns around £200m to the BBC Group annually, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.