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BBC America Names New VP of Scripted Programming

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BBC America Names New VP of Scripted Programming

BBC America has a new executive in charge of scripted programming. The British public broadcaster announced Tuesday that veteran executive Erin Jontow has been promoted to VP scripted programming for the U.S.-focused arm of BBC Worldwide.

The former Comedy Central executive who joined the channel in 2005 most recently served as senior director, scripted development and

programming.

BBC America, which was launched in 1998, has been creeping into scripted development, debuting “Copper,” its first original scripted series, earlier this year; its sci-fi series “Orphan Black” is set to debut in 2013.

Jontow has spent the last year developing “Copper,” whose debut in August was the channel’s highest-rated series premiere ever, according to a release.

While continuing to report to Richard De Croce, senior vice president of programming, Jontow will oversee development and production of “Copper” Season 2 and “Orphan Black,” and bring in high quality scripted co-productions and acquisitions, the channel said in a statement.

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