President, BBC Worldwide - Americas
As President, BBC Worldwide – Americas, Ann M. Sarnoff is responsible for driving growth and profit across the company’s business divisions the U.S., Canada, and Latin America, which includes Los Angeles-based studios BBC Worldwide Productions and Adjacent Productions, linear and digital program sales, home entertainment, licensing, theatrical, and live events. She also oversees the amplification of BBC Worldwide’s global brands Planet Earth II, Doctor Who, Top Gear, Dancing with the Stars, and the natural history brand BBC Earth. In 2016, Sarnoff was appointed head of BBC Worldwide’s Global Production Network, charged with developing the strategy for, and optimizing, the company’s global production operations.
Under Sarnoff’s leadership, BBC Worldwide and ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster, recently partnered to bring BritBox, a new subscription video on demand (SVOD) streaming service, to the U.S. Launched in March of 2017, the service offers over 2,000 hours of current and classic British television across all genres. Sarnoff chairs the board of BritBox.
In 2016, Sarnoff closed a partnership agreement between BBC Worldwide North America and Blue Ant Media to launch BBC Earth, the BBC’s premium factual channel in Canada. The channel launched in January, 2017 with exclusive access to a slate of high-profile programming including Planet Earth II.
In 2014 Sarnoff was pivotal to the deal to create a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and AMC Networks for cable channel BBC AMERICA, of which BBC Worldwide now owns 50.1%. She sits on the JV Board, the Operations Committee, and the Brands and Marketing Committee, and chairs the Editorial Committee.
Sarnoff joined BBC Worldwide North America in 2010 as Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to president in August of 2015 and, as of July 1, 2017, will take on leadership of the Latin America businesses, establishing the “Americas” region.
Before BBC Worldwide North America, Sarnoff was President of Dow Jones Ventures and Senior Vice President of Strategy where she was responsible for leveraging the assets of Dow Jones to create new businesses, and overseeing corporate strategy and business development. Before that, from 2004-2005, she was COO for the Women’s National Basketball Association. During her ten years at Viacom, Sarnoff rose to become Nickelodeon’s Executive Vice President for Consumer Products and Business Development, and subsequently, became COO for VH1 and CMT. While at Viacom, Sarnoff helped launch new cable channels TV Land, Noggin and VH1 Classic, and built Nickelodeon consumer products into a multi-billion dollar business at retail.
Sarnoff holds a BS from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She sits on the board of HSN, Inc., a $3B interactive multi-channel retailer. Sarnoff recently joined the board of Georgetown University. She is the vice president of The Women’s Forum of New York and the vice-chair of the advisory board of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown. She also serves on the board of the Harvard Business School Women’s Association of New York, the advisory board of British American Business, and the Digital Task Force for New York Public Radio. For the past six years, Sarnoff has been named one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable by CableFAX Magazine. In early 2017, she was honored with the “Women of Achievement Award” by The Women’s Project Theater. She has two children, and lives in New York City with her husband.