Kate Ward, global chairman of Vice Studios and boss of Pulse Films, has joined BBC Studios to oversee the facts.
The signing of the hire was unveiled this afternoon and will see Ward succeed Tom McDonald, who left for Nat Geo earlier this year.
Ward will oversee a portfolio that includes the prolific Natural History Unit, which recently opened an office in Los Angeles, as well as the Docs, Science and Factual units. It will also handle factual indies in which BBC Studios has a stake, such as Louis Theroux’s Mindhouse Productions and Rogan Productions.
BBC Studios Productions CEO Ralph Lee hailed his “infectious passion for great documentary storytelling and his deep understanding of the content market”.
“Our factual portfolio, with the natural history, documentation and science units at its core and a range of brilliant independent partners, is critical to our success and growth,” he added.
Ward served as president of Vice Studios for nearly three years and took on responsibility for London Gangs producer Pulse Films upon the departure of founding duo Thomas Benski and Marissa Clifford, at which time Vice took full control of indie.
She oversaw the likes of Oscar nominees To run away, Hulu’s tell me lies and FX doc Pride. Prior to joining Vice, she was International President of Refinery29.
Ward said: “The appetite for factual programming from audiences and broadcasters continues to grow and I am extremely delighted to be part of Factual at the BBC Studios as it is poised to achieve even greater heights. .”