Lisa Opie is Managing Director for BBC Studios’ UK Production. She is responsible for delivering its business plan, defining and delivering the commercial strategy and accountable for risk and business management. Lisa reports into Ralph Lee, BBC Studios’ Director of Content and sits on BBC Studios Executive Committee.
Lisa was previously Managing Director, Factual Production, BBC Studios, leading the creative heads, production management and business teams responsible for producing award-winning programmes like Blue Planet II, Killed By My Debt and Basquiat – Rage to Riches. Under her leadership the Factual Production team has secured numerous third-party commissions, including BBC Studios’ first non-BBC commission Wildlife Warriors (formerly The Red List) for Discovery, Royal Wedding Watch for PBS, Fatberg Autopsy: The Secrets of the Sewers for Channel 4 and Stay Free: The Story of The Clash for Spotify.
Prior to her role leading BBC Studios’ Factual Production, Lisa was the BBC’s Controller of Business for Factual & Daytime. She joined the BBC in 2013 from Two Four, where she was Managing Director Digital, helping create digital channels and content for brands, broadcasters and businesses. Previously she was Managing Director of Content at Channel Five, responsible for the creative and editorial strategy for Five’s family of channels, and Managing Director of Flextech Television, a former partner with the BBC in UKTV. Lisa also worked at the satellite TV company BSB and presented and researched radio programmes for BBC Radio Wales. She began her career in the theatre having attended the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Indiana University Theatre School.