bbc hires

Source: BBC Film

Kristin Irving, Anu Henriques

BBC Film is revising its editorial team including new hires Kristin Irving and Anu Henriques, under the leadership of director Eva Yates.

Starting from November, Irving will take on the role of commissioning executive, with Henriques as development executive; while head of development Claudia Yusef is expanding her role across development and production, under the new title of commissioning executive.

Irving will join from the British Film Institute (BFI), where she is currently senior production and development executive, and executive produced titles including Raine Allen-Miller’s Rye Lane, Basil Khalil’s A Gaza Weekend and Alan Cumming’s The Origin.

She has formerly worked in a number of development roles including for production company Portobello Pictures, and has worked across the development and production of Rose Glass’ Saint Maud, Sarah Gavron’s Rocks and Prano Bailey-Bond’s Censor.

Henriques joins as development executive, having previously worked at Fable Pictures as development associate. Prior to this, she worked with Gavron as associate director on Rocks. She is founder and co-director of Skin Deep, an arts and culture organisation that makes space for Black creatives and creatives of colour to work towards justice through cultural production, and is also the co-director of We Are Bridge, an organisation supporting new and emerging talent in film and TV.

Yates took over as director from Rose Garnett, who joined US company A24 in May, alongside director of BBC Drama, Piers Wenger.

“Since taking the reins at BBC Film my priority has been building an outstanding creative team to ensure our filmmakers enjoy the most thoughtful, rigorous and dynamic support available,” said Yates. “I couldn’t be happier to announce Claudia’s expanded role and the appointments today of Kristin and Anu, all of whom bring exactly this energy. They are joining a passionate multi-disciplinary team dedicated to supporting and uplifting world-class filmmakers – we’re excited to welcome them on board.”