Published on: 14 February 2018 in Events

Meet the BBC Drama Commissioners — live tweets

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On Tuesday 13 February Directors UK members came to our Covent Garden offices to talk all things BBC Drama. The expert panel featured Ollie Kent, Ben Irving, Tommy Bulfin, Anne Edyvean, and was chaired by the director and Directors UK Board member Jessica Hobbs.  

Ollie Kent is head of continuing drama at the BBC. He has responsibility for overseeing all five continuing drama shows in BBC Studios’ portfolio: EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, Doctors and River City.

Anne Edyvean is head of BBC Writersroom. She had made programmes for BBC Radio 1,3,4,5 and World Service, as well as for BBC One and BBC Two. 

Ben Irving is head of Drama Development at the BBC. He has previously worked in film development and production at Qwerty Films, and as Development Executive at Heyday Films. 

Tommy Bulfin is BBC Drama commissioning editor for Northern Ireland. Tommy was the the in-house development producer at New Pictures, and worked as a script editor at Red Planet Pictures.

Jessica Hobbs is an award-winning director, whose credits include Apple Tree Yard, Love My Way, Broadchurch and River. Jessica is also a member of the Directors UK Board.

And then it was time for the audience to get involved.

As ever, the discussion continued on Twitter.

You're too kind! Thanks to our brilliant panellists for a really informative discussion. Thank you too to everyone who made it down to the event, and to everyone who followed it on Twitter. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

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