Senior Vice President, TV Sales, Co-Productions & Digital, BBC Studios - Americas | Canada
Michael L. Smith oversees TV Sales, Co-Productions, and Digital Distribution for BBC Studios (FKA BBC Worldwide – North America) in Canada. He reports to President, BBC Studios – Americas, Ann Sarnoff. Since joining in 2013, Smith has been responsible for launching factual channel BBC Earth through a partnership with Blue Ant Media and expanding a previously established partnership with Corus Entertainment for BBC Canada channel, as well as completing a number of sales including an exclusive multi-season deal for Doctor Who on Bell Media properties Space (linear) and Crave (SVOD).
Michael L. Smith has an extensive background in film, television and digital sales. Before joining BBC Worldwide – Americas in Canada, Smith was Vice President, Television and Digital Sales for Entertainment One where he was responsible for maximizing profits across all feature film and television series for English speaking Canada. Prior to that, Smith was Director, Corporate Partnerships for the Toronto Argonauts Football Club and Executive Director at JV Media (a Lionsgate/TVA joint venture) where he handled sales of feature film and television for PPV, VOD, Pay-TV and Free TV windows.