Speaker Profile MIPCOM

Paul Dempsey

Job TitlePresident, Global Distribution, BBC Studios

Company NameBBC Studios


Paul is responsible for BBC Studios’ overall sales and distribution strategy, key customer management and the company’s international channels and services. Based in New York, he has the regional leads for Americas, Australia & New Zealand, Asia, Western Europe and CEMA (Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa) all reporting into him. Paul was formerly President, Global Markets and Interim CEO of BBC Worldwide before Tim Davie took up the position of CEO in April 2013. Prior to this, he was Managing Director of BBC Worldwide’s Consumer Products division with a remit leading the global video publishing business, merchandise licensing operations, music licensing and publishing, direct-to-consumer retail business and book publishing partnerships. Paul joined BBC Worldwide in 1998 as UK Sales Director and became Managing Director of BBC Audiobooks in 2002, then Director of BBC Worldwide’s Audio & Music business in 2006. Before joining BBC Worldwide his background in sales and marketing included eight years at Mars Confectionery.


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