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DPP Board Changes Ahead of IBC Announcements

The DPP has made a number of board changes ahead of IBC, where it will be unveiling a raft of new initiatives and making some major industry announcements.

The DPP Board has representation from each of its founding broadcasters – ITV, BBC and Channel Four – and is responsible for deciding the direction of the DPP, a partnership that works with the industry to set standards, provide information and share best practice to help producers and broadcasters maximise the potential of digital production.

Mark Harrison, Controller of Production for BBC North, becomes Chair of the DPP, taking over from Helen Stevens, Director of Broadcast Operations, ITV. Mark will lead the DPP through the next phase of its development, working with his Board colleagues to ensure delivery from all its workstreams and projects. Mark recently researched and wrote ‘The Creative Revolution,’ the third in a major trilogy of industry reports produced and published by the DPP. He will also continue to lead the DPP’s public Forum events.

Helen Stevens remains on the Board, and will now take on leadership of an important new DPP workstream on Delivery and Distribution. Helen served as the DPP’s first Chair for three years since its formation in 2010.

Andy Tennant, Technology Director Studios ITV, assumes responsibility for the DPP’s Training Collaborations (formerly part of Helen’s remit). In this role, he will oversee relationships with Creative Skillset and BBC Academy, with particular focus on the DPP’s current work on defining core digital skills with Creative Skillset and UK Screen.

All other roles within the DPP board remain unchanged (please see below for full board members). Helen Stevens said, “It’s been a privilege to Chair the DPP through such a successful first three years. Now that we are putting our focus onto delivery and distribution, I am looking forward to bringing my expertise in this area to the leadership of this new work stream, which I believe could take the DPP to another level of significance in UK broadcasting.”

Mark Harrison added, “All of us on the DPP Board have been delighted by how quickly the partnership has established itself as a major force for change in broadcasting. We have met a real need from all sectors of the industry for leadership and collaboration around the challenges and potential of going fully digital. There is still lots of work to do, and we’re excited about our new workstreams, and the longer term potential for the partnership. IBC is a particular landmark moment for us to make a number of important announcements.”

In other changes to the DPP team, Bryan Phillips, Project Manager, will take on the new role of Business Development Manager, responsible for the organisation’s future operating model and funding. Rachel Baldwin returns to the role of Project Manager having recently completed an attachment to BBC Television. Rachel will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the DPP, whilst concentrating on project managing the Technical and Delivery & Distribution workstreams.

Jayne de Ville, formerly Assistant Project Manager, takes on the new role of Events & Marketing Manager, with particular responsibility for managing DPP Forums, Interoperability days and other events, managing the website and increasing engagement with the industry, as well as project managing the Training workstream.

The DPP will also offer entry-level training opportunities for industry newcomers starting later this year. The first will be a Project Assistant who will work across the whole of the DPP, while spending time working on projects in ITV’s Broadcast Operations area.

The new DPP team:

• Mark Harrison DPP Chair and Controller of Production, BBC North
• Helen Stevens ?DPP Delivery and Distribution Lead and Director of Broadcast Operations ITV
• Kevin Burrows ?DPP Technical Standards Lead and CTO Broadcast & Distribution, Channel 4
• Andy Tennant ?DPP Training Collaboration Lead and Technology Director, Studios, ITV
• Alan Whiston ?DPP Board Member and Technology Controller, BBC Television, North & Nations
• Hayley Thornton? DPP Board Member and Head of Production Finance, Channel 4
• Bal Samra? DPP Executive Sponsor and Commercial Director BBC & Director of Television Operations
• Rachel Baldwin, DPP Project Manager
• Bryan Phillips? DPP Business Development Manager
• Jayne de Ville? Events and Marketing Manager
• Project Assistant – to be appointed