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BBC Comedy Director Shane Allen leaving to launch Boffola Pictures – Deadline

Shane Allen, the BBC comedy director whose credits include Fleabag, this country, and Young offenders, left the broadcaster to launch his own production company.

Allen partners with the recently deceased BBC Comedy Manager Kate Daughton to form the Scripted Comedy and Drama Comedy Shingle Boffola Pictures Limited, with support from War and peace Lookout Point, which is part of the BBC Studios group.

Allen’s tenure on the BBC saw the broadcaster achieve consistent success in the National Television Award and BAFTA TV comedy categories. The executive focused on bringing in new talent, most notably via Comedy Slices & Threesomes on BBC Three. In 2021, he created the BBC Comedy Association to engage and enable a new wave of on-screen and off-screen talent, including the return to television of the New Comedy Awards.

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The BBC will immediately begin recruiting a new director of comedy. Kate Phillips, director of BBC Entertainment, will now oversee commissioning decisions for new scripted comedies while Allen oversees ongoing productions and works on the BBC Comedy Association’s inaugural year plans for a Comedy City, the nomination. of a winner in comedy for young people and reboot of television. of the New Comedy Awards. He will be leaving the BBC in August.

Shane Allen said: “I felt like a winner of the contest every day working with the cream of the creative talent of the broadcaster who is so synonymous with British comedy history. Now is the time to start a new career chapter as the world opens up again and British comedy talent continues to take the world by storm.

Charlotte Moore, BBC Content Manager, added: “Shane is an extraordinary creator whose passion for spotting exciting new talent and pushing the boundaries of comedy has had a remarkable impact on the entire comedy industry. British comedy for the better part of the decade. Of Chip bag at Car sharing this country at People do nothing, inside number 9, and Mother land at Famalam, BBC Comedy’s range, quality and sheer ambition have made audiences laugh year after year. And its pioneering work to support new talent has led to a golden age for British Comedy, winning more awards, launching more new voices onto the world stage, and commanding more hits than any other broadcaster. He leaves BBC Comedy in poor health, but we owe Shane a lot of gratitude and I won’t be the only one to say that I will miss him greatly both personally and professionally. “

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