September 9, 2013 – New York, NY – NBC News’ Peacock Productions President and General Manager Sharon Scott announced today that Steve Anderson will join NBC News as Managing Director in Peacock Productions’ UK headquarters. In this newly created position, Anderson will be tasked with launching Peacock Productions’ international division, based out of the UK.
Beginning in October, Anderson will be responsible for developing and executing on the strategy to create original programming abroad. He will oversee Peacock Productions’ international TV production, identify key on-air talent and liaise with Peacock Productions in the US.
“With a proven track record for producing high-rated, high-impact documentaries, Steve is an excellent choice to head up our international headquarters and we’re so pleased to have him on board,” commented Sharon Scott, President and General Manager Peacock Productions.
“I am delighted to be joining Peacock Productions at this exciting time for NBC News,” commented Steve Anderson. “Peacock Productions has a reputation for high-profile documentaries that capture the drama of the big events of the moment. Spearheading its global expansion and being able to call on the vast resources and talent of NBC News is a great opportunity.”
Prior to NBC News’ Peacock Productions, Anderson was Mentorn Media’s Executive Producer of BBC One’s flagship political program “Question Time” for seven years, leading it to record ratings and profile. He also launched and was Executive Producer of other major discussion programs such “The Big Questions” (BBC One) and “Free Speech” (BBC Three).
In 2012 he was appointed Editorial Director of the Tinopolis group, Mentorn’s parent company. He oversaw all current affairs and contemporary factual programming, such as “Traffic Cops” (BBC One), “Murder Files” (Channel 5) and “Witness” (AETN).
In 2013 Anderson has been the Executive behind three major documentaries on the Oscar Pistorius case: “Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened?” (BBC Three – the channel’s highest-ever rated single documentary, sold to 116 territories worldwide), “Blade Runner: The Untold Story” (TLC Discovery) and “Why Did Oscar Pistorius Kill Our Daughter?” (Channel 5). He was the EP of Channel 4′s recent high-rating crime documentary: “Catching A Killer: Crocodile Tears” and BBC Three’s “The Cleveland Captives: What Really Happened?” which attracted large audiences and was sold to more than 50 territories worldwide.
Additional recent EP credits include “The Batman Murders and Superstorm Sandy: Caught on Camera,” “Reggie Yates;” “Teen Gangs” (BBC THREE); “John Steinbeck: Voice of America” (BBC Four). He was the EP of BBC Panorama’s highest rated edition for four years: “Madeleine McCann: The Last Hope?” which marked the fifth anniversary of her disappearance. Previously, he made two prime-time documentaries on the case for ITV and Channel 4. His other high-profile exclusive documentaries and current affairs specials include “Panorama: A Very British Hero” (BBC One); “Double Jeopardy” (BBC One); joint EP of “Michael Jackson’s Final Days: What Really Happened” (C4); “Jaycee Lee: Captive for 18 Years” (C4); and “Chasing the Cumbrian Killer” (C4).
Anderson joined Mentorn from ITV where he was controller of News, Current Affairs, Arts and Religion. He created “Tonight with Trevor McDonald” which won the RTS Journalism Program of the Year three times in five years and oversaw ITV News coverage of September 11 and the Gulf War. Previously he was at the BBC for 13 years and was the Editor of the consumer series, Watchdog. For BBC News, he was a senior field producer, covering wars in Iraq and Bosnia and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
About Peacock Productions
Peacock Productions is an award-winning, nonfiction production company that combines the editorial expertise, technical resources and seasoned production talent of NBCUniversal. It offers a wide-range of programming to broadcast, cable and digital entities with worldwide reach. To learn more, please visit peacockproductions.tv.
NBC News Communications
firstname.lastname@example.org | o: 212-413-5890 (http://tel:212-413-5890) | t: @amyelynn