Speaker Profile MIPCOM

Ralph Lee

Job TitleDirector of Content, BBC Studios Production

Company NameBBC Studios


As Director of Content, Ralph Lee has overall control of BBC Studios Productions’ creative strategy in the UK. His immediate team consists of the key genre Managing Directors in Factual, Scripted, Factual Entertainment and Events, and Entertainment and Music. Together they deliver over 2000 hours of content annually to the BBC including key titles EastEnders, Doctor Who and Strictly Come Dancing along with new programming across the BBC portfolio. Since BBC Studios Production became a commercial subsidiary it also serves non-BBC clients including Five, Channel 4, PBS, National Geographic and Discovery.

Prior to joining BBC Studios Ralph Lee had 25 years’ experience in the UK television sector. He was Acting Chief Creative Officer at Channel 4, where he also held a number of commissioning roles including Head of Factual and Head of Specialist Factual. During his tenure, the business enjoyed notable impact and awards for programmes which included: The Secret Life of Four Year Olds, Grayson Perry: All Man, Gogglebox, First Dates, Benefits Street, Richard III: the King in the Car Park, 24 Hours in Custody and Educating Yorkshire. Prior to his commissioning roles Lee was a Producer/Director of documentaries specialising in history, arts and biography working both at the BBC and in the independent sector. Ralph Lee reports into CEO Tim Davie and sits on BBC Studios’ Executive Committee.


About the company:

BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Able to take an idea seamlessly from thought to screen, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries from both its own productions and programmes and formats made by high-quality UK independents. Award-winning British programmes made by the business are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms, including factual, drama, entertainment and comedy. BBC Studios has offices in 22 markets globally, including six production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which makes around 2,500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector. Created in April 2018 by the merger of two existing commercial subsidiaries, BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, the company has revenue of around £1.4bn. In the year to March 2019, it returned £243m to the BBC Group, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.

Conference Sessions


    14-10-2019, 15:05 - 15:25, Esterel, Palais 5

    International content powerhouses unveil their creative approaches and business strategies to develop, finance, produce and distribute platform-agnostic content...

    • Language: English
      1. Event Date
        Mon, Oct 14
      2. Event Theme MIPCOM / MIPJunior
        Production Funding Forum
      3. Event Type MIPCOM / MIPJunior
        Panel Discussion