Bios — BBC Studios - Americas

Chris Cole

Senior Vice President, TV Co-productions and Sales, Factual, BBC Studios - Americas

Chris Cole co-leads the U.S. and Canada Content Sales and Coproduction business across linear and SVOD for BBC Studios – Americas (FKA BBC Worldwide – North America). Cole is responsible for developing and driving strategic business growth for Unscripted content in the U.S., and also has oversight of both the Scripted and Unscripted businesses in Canada. Based in the New York office, Cole reports into Ann Sarnoff, President, BBC Studios – Americas.

Prior to joining BBC Studios’ distribution arm, Cole had a long and successful career in the company’s production division.  As Head of Development, Cole spent many years leading innovation and creativity in the BBC Natural History Unit.  As an NHU Executive Producer he led delivery of premium shows for both BBC One and BBC Two, including Emmy® award-winning content for the Natural World strand.  Cole also served as part of the BBC channels commissioning team, working with both in-house and independent productions in the U.S. and the UK to develop and deliver Science and Natural History projects across the BBC’s channels.

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