Magazine article Screen International

BBC Films Boss Christine Langan Set to Step Down

Magazine article Screen International

BBC Films Boss Christine Langan Set to Step Down

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Christine Langan is set to step down as head of BBC Films and replace Henry Normal as CEO of Baby Cow Productions.

A spokesperson for BBC Films told Screen the organisation "could not comment on speculation" but Screen sources have subsequently confirmed the departure, which was first revealed by Screen's sister publication Broadcast.

Langan's contract and a timetable for the exit are currently being ironed out but Screen sources have indicated that a late October departure is possible.

Langan, producer of Oscar winners The Queen and Philomena, will work closely with Baby Cow co-founder and actor Steve Coogan to shepherd the company through its next phase of growth.

Baby Cow co-produced Philomena, in which Coogan starred and co-wrote, as well as other Coogan vehicles including Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, 24 Hour Party People and A Cock And Bull Story.

At the company, Langan will also join in-house producer Gaby Tana, with whom BBC Films collaborated on Philomena, The Duchess, Coriolanus and The Invisible Woman.

Baby Cow is one of the UK's best-known scripted producers, and was co-founded by Normal and Coogan in 1999. Normal leftin April to take an "overdue break" from television. …

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