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Warren Clarke to Join BBC Studios ANZ as Head of Scripted as Production Company Restructures

Feb 8, 2023

Warren Clarke is to join BBC Studios’ Australian production arm as Head of Scripted as the studio restructures to gear up for a major push into premium scripted

Warren Clarke is to join BBC Studios’ Australian production arm as Head of Scripted as the studio restructures to gear up for a major push into premium scripted production in the country and capitalise on the success of its unscripted business.

Warren, formerly Head of Scripted Development at Fremantle Australia,  will be tasked with delivering world-class scripted content with local and global appeal, including original series as well as the Australian reimagining of successful BBC Studios scripted formats. 

Following a stellar year for unscripted commissions such as The Great Australian Bake Off, The 1% Club and The Matchmakers, Deb Spinocchia, formerly Head of Development and Content, will become Head of Unscripted.  Arianna Gusi will join as Head of Production Unscripted to oversee the planning and execution of the unscripted slate.

Kylie Washington, General Manager and Creative Director, Production, BBC Studios Australia and New Zealand, said:  “This is an exciting time for BBC Studios, we have big ambitions for the scripted side of our business with some announcements coming later this year.  There is a real appetite globally for Australian produced drama.  Warren’s local creative expertise, coupled with BBC Studios’ brilliant drama catalogue, international contacts and proven ability to fund content, mean we are in a great position to capitalise on that.

“Our unscripted business continues to go from strength to strength and, with a bunch of shows currently in production and several others in late development stages,  it is the right time to bolster our team in that area, with a new role for Deb and the appointment of Arianna to the new post of Head of Production Unscripted.   We have been growing rapidly since kicking off the production business four years ago.” 

Warren Clarke said:  “I’m thrilled to be joining BBC Studios ANZ.  BBC Studios has a reputation for creating world-class drama.  From developing premium, original shows like Time, Luther and Silent Witness to those that draw on their rich catalogue of scripted formats, with titles like Ghosts, The Office and Doctor Foster reformatted around the world, BBC Studios is synonymous with quality.  Australia has a vibrant creative community and I look forward to working with the best of Australia’s scripted talent in this new role.”

During his time at Fremantle Australia, Warren served as Executive Producer on projects including Netflix’s Wellmania and Nickelodeon’s Rock Island Mysteries.  Prior to that, Warren was Development Executive at Matchbox Pictures , where he worked across projects including Foxtel’s award-winning political drama Secret City, Rebecca Gibney’s Wanted and SBS’ Safe Harbour.  Warren was also Showrunner and Co-Creator of AACTA nominated The Heights.

Arianna joins from EndemolShine Australia where she was a  Production Executive overseeing the management of many successful international formats including The Voice, Masterchef, The Bachelor and Lego Masters. Arianna has also worked at Zapruders and Fredbird and with a number of leading UK production companies across multiple genres.

BBC Studios has seen international success with its stable of scripted and unscripted formats which include 65 versions of Dancing With Stars, 35 of Bake Off, 12 of The Office, 11 of Doctor Foster and five of Luther.  Last week, a second season of Ghosts began airing in the US after becoming a break-out hit for CBS.  BBC Studios Production ANZ is currently in production on observational documentary The Matchmakers for SBS; an Australian version of the hit UK gameshow The 1% Club for the Seven Network, hosted by  comedian Jim Jefferies; another series of The Great Australian Bake Off for Foxtel, based on a format from Love Productions and featuring a new line-up of hosts and judges; as well as another series of Mastermind for SBS. 

BBC Studios’ ANZ production arm sits alongside BBC Studios’ ANZ distribution business which is led by Fiona Lang and encompasses content sales, branded services, brands and licensing and live events, enabling deep partnerships with clients in the region.


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