BBC execs Piers Wenger and Rose Garnett quit to join US entertainment company

BBC executives Piers Wenger and Rose Garnett have quit their roles to join US entertainment company A24, the production team behind hit show Euphoria.

Wenger is currently Director of BBC Drama, where he has overseen series including I May Destroy You, The Bodyguard, A Very English Scandal, His Dark Materials, Normal People and Small Axe.

Previously he was Head of Drama at Channel 4 where he commissioned Humans, National Treasure, Southcliffe and The End of The F**cking World.

In a statement, he said: "After a decade as a drama commissioner it is high time I gave someone else a go.

"I am indebted to the BBC and the extraordinary range of writers, producers and directors it has been my privilege to work alongside.

"There are mountains to climb everywhere but I predict a magical time ahead for BBC Drama as the next generation of thinkers and taste-makers step up to shape its future."

Commissioning editor Ben Irving will take on the role of acting director of BBC Drama until an appointment is made.

Garnett currently serves as Director of BBC Film where she has overseen a slate of titles including The Power of The Dog, Souvenir 1 and 2, The Nest, and Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always.

Prior to that, she was at Film4 where she shepherded award-winners The Favourite, Room, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and American Honey.

Opening up about her decision, she said: "The BBC is unparalleled as a place to make great work.

"Under the inspiring and generous leadership of [the BBC’s chief content officer] Charlotte Moore, myself and the Film Team have been able to discover, support and celebrate voices and stories from across the UK and beyond.

"The BBC Film team was the best team to be part of: dedicated, bold, passionate and rigorous. I know that the creative confidence and the imagination of the next generation of commissions and commissioners will produce wonderful films."

Eva Yates becoming acting director of BBC Film until a replacement is appointed.

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