Magazine article Screen International

'Howard's End' Producer Playground Hires BBC's Dan Leon

Magazine article Screen International

'Howard's End' Producer Playground Hires BBC's Dan Leon

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Former BBC Business manager will manage growth and run day to day operations.

Dan Leon

TV drama producer Playground has hired former BBC Business manager Dan Leon for the newly-created role of head of business affairs and director of operations.

He will manage the strategic growth and day to day running of the company, which is behind the current BBC One adaptation of Howard’s End.

Leon previously spent 11 years at the BBC, working in drama commissioning and more recently in the central commercial, rights and business affairs team.

Projects he worked on included Wolf Hall, Happy Valley and The Night Manager, and he also played a key role in BBC Three’s relaunch as an online channel.

In his new role, Leon will report to Playground founder and chairman Colin Callender, who said: “I first met Dan on Wolf Hall and was immediately impressed by his deep understanding of how the business and the creative imperatives of production intersect. …

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