Mark Freeland is the head of in-house comedy at the BBC and he has recently been promoted to head of oversee drama and entertainment also.
Mark has been in charge of the BBC’s comedy production for the last six years and he is the person who commissioned some of our favourite shows including Miranda and Mrs Brown’s Boys. Mark will be reporting directly to the Director of BBC Television, Danny Cohen and Danny stated ‘Mark understands the creative risks needed to ensure BBC Productions continue to be known for their quality and innovation across the world.’
Danny believes that Mark is the right man for the job due to his ability to recognise an act or a show that the audience will love, he continued to say ‘He has driven a high volume of new creative business and brought some of the most talented people in the world to work at the BBC. I'm really looking forward to seeing how he develops this track record across drama and entertainment alongside comedy.’
Before joining the BBC, Mark worked with the Sherlock Production Company and Hartswood Films and since becoming head of in-house comedy at the BBC, they have had 53 award nominations and gained over half of the commissions for broadcast slots.
Speaking about his promotion Mark said ‘the BBC has let me express myself creatively. I have had the best time. I want to carry that on and lead and learn from a fantastic group of storytellers - in drama, entertainment and comedy.’
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