BBC Studios has found their new Head of Comedy. They have hired former Sky Commissioning Editor Josh Coles to lead their comedy team. He replaces Chris Sussman who announced his exit earlier this year.
As Head of Comedy, Coles will oversee BBC Studios current slate of comedy series across TV, radio and online. He will also have responsibility for the development of new, returnable comedy series.
In his role at Sky, Josh Cole worked on a number of high-profile projects including Sally4Ever; Breeders, The Trip To Greece and Two Weeks To Live. Prior to joining the satcaster in 2017, he held roles with Big Talk Productions, Roughcut TV and the BBC.
“I began my career at the BBC, and was lucky enough to sneak in and watch Armando Iannucci shooting The Thick Of It on my first day, so to be joining BBC Studios with their history of iconic shows is hugely exciting”, Josh Cole said. We will work to produce more home-grown, boundary-breaking shows for the global market, from the best creators in the UK and beyond. I can’t wait to get started.”
While Ralph Lee, Director of Content for BBC Studios, added: “Josh is an incredible talent with a brilliant future ahead of him and we’re delighted he is joining BBC Studios. We are very proud of both our comedy heritage and of our recent hits – such as the multi-award-winning This Country and Famalam and I can’t wait to see what new comedy gold will be discovered under his creative leadership.”