Shane Allen, BBC’s director of comedy, is leaving the broadcaster to crew with just lately departed head of comedy commissioning Kate Daughton to launch a brand new outfit.
Boffola Pictures Limited will specialise in scripted comedy and comedy drama and is backed by Lookout Point.
The BBC will start recruitment instantly for a brand new director of comedy. Allen is due to go away in August. Kate Phillips, director of BBC leisure, will now oversee new scripted comedy commissioning choices whereas Allen oversees ongoing productions and works on the BBC Comedy Association’s inaugural 12 months plans for a metropolis of comedy, appointment of a Young People’s Comedy Laureate and the TV re-boot of The New Comedy Awards.
At BBC Comedy Allen commissioned a variety of hits together with “Fleabag,” “Man Like Mobeen,” “Detectorists,” “Peter Kay’s Car Share,” “This Country,” “The Young Offenders,” “Upstart Crow,” “Inside Number 9” and “Famalam.” During his tenure, he oversaw a interval through which BBC Comedy gained the National Television Awards’ comedy class again to again since 2012 and BAFTA for scripted comedy again to again from 2012-2018.
Allen has additionally been instrumental in launching a variety of latest initiatives from BBC One’s Comedy Playhouses, BBC Two’s New On Two strand and Comedy Slices and Threesomes on BBC Three. An alternatives champion, he launched The Felix Dexter Bursary for various expertise, The Galton & Simpson Bursary geared in direction of psychological well being assist, and The Caroline Aherne Bursary whose inaugural winner Sophie Wilan is among the BAFTA nominees this 12 months with “Alma’s Not Normal.” In 2021, Allen established the BBC Comedy Association to allow rising expertise on and off display screen.
Allen mentioned: “I’ve felt like a contest winner each single day working with the cream of artistic skills on the broadcaster which is so synonymous with the story of British comedy. Now feels an opportune time to begin a brand new profession chapter because the world opens up once more and British comedy skills proceed to take the world by storm.”
“Shane is a unprecedented artistic whose ardour for recognizing thrilling new expertise and pushing comedy boundaries has had a exceptional affect on the entire British comedy trade for the very best a part of a decade,” mentioned Charlotte Moore, BBC’s chief content material officer. “From ‘Fleabag’ to ‘Car Share,’ ‘This Country’ to ‘People Just do Nothing,’ ‘Inside No 9,’ and ‘Motherland’ to ‘Famalam,’ the vary, the standard and the sheer ambition of BBC Comedy has stored audiences laughing 12 months in 12 months out.”
“His pioneering work to assist new expertise has led to a golden age for British comedy, successful extra awards, launching extra new voices on the worldwide stage and commissioning extra hits than another broadcaster,” Moore added. “He leaves BBC Comedy in impolite well being however we owe Shane an amazing debt of gratitude and I will not be alone in saying I’ll miss him tremendously each personally and professionally.”