Emma Hindley

Source: BBC

Emma Hindley

Emma Hindley has been confirmed as lead commissioner for the BBC’s international docs strand Storyville, having been appointed interim lead in August of last year. 

Hindley left her position as creative director at UK TV and radio production company Brook Lapping after five years to take on the role on an acting basis, replacing Philippa Kowarsky who stepped down abruptly after less than a year in post. 

Bafta TV-winning executive Hindley has worked in documentaries for 25 years as a film editor, director, and executive producer. Her credits include feature length doc Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley and BBC documentary David Harewood: Psychosis And Me.

Director of unscripted Kate Phillips becomes Hindley’s boss, after she previously reported to director of BBC Film Eva Yates.

Hindley said: “I have always been a huge Storyville fan and the four months I have spent as interim lead commissioning editor have made me even more excited and passionate about its importance and potential.”

“Storyville has an incredible legacy to continue at a time when maintaining the BBC’s role in the UK’s cultural landscape is more crucial than ever and I am excited to be engaging with the most diverse range of producers and directors possible.”

Phillips added: “Emma has a proven track record of delivering award-winning, high impact films both domestically and internationally and I’m delighted that she has accepted this role.

“She is highly regarded in the industry as a champion of diversity and as an experienced and valued mentor who brings a combination of craft, humanity, quality and expertise to everything she does.”

A version of this story first appeared on Screen’s sister site, Broadcast.