Lindsay Salt has been appointed as the new director of BBC drama.
She replaces former BBC drama chief Piers Wenger who announced earlier this year he was joining Euphoria producer A24, along with the BBC’s director of films, Rose Garnett.
Salt joins the BBC from Netflix, where she has worked since 2019 as part of its first UK scripted team under Anne Mensah. Her commissions have included: Baby Reindeer, One Day, The F*** it Bucket, Palomino and Half Bad. She also worked across shows including Heartstopper and The Crown Season 5.
Prior to that, she was head of development at Sky Drama UK where she ran the development slate for Sky One and Sky Atlantic and was across developments ranging from The Lazarus Project to The Third Day.
An exciting new era for BBC Drama
She started her career at Left Bank Pictures where she worked across a range of productions and development both as a producer and script editor.
Salt will report directly to Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s chief content officer.
Moore said: “Lindsay’s appointment heralds an exciting new era for BBC Drama. She has been responsible for an impressive breadth of shows and her track record as a commissioner underlines her passion for creating big hits and developing new and diverse voices.”
Salt said: “My time at Netflix under the generous and visionary leadership of Anne Mensah has been a total joy. However, the opportunity to join the BBC was too special to ignore. Its Drama programming is revered around the globe and I can’t wait to get started with the world class team, who empower talent and producers to create iconic shows that stand the test of time.”
She will start her new role in the Autumn and Ben Irving will continue as acting director in the interim.