Lorraine Heggessey is a renowned media figure with huge experience of broadcasting and production in both the private and public sectors.
She was appointed as the first female Controller of BBC1 in 2000 and became the first female CEO of a major independent production company when she joined Talkback Thames in 2005. Lorraine has an instinct for popular programming and has been directly associated with many of the biggest television hits of the past decade. She has a reputation as a dynamic leader with a strong track record of spearheading radical change. At BBC 1, she led a comprehensive shake-up of the channel’s schedule and branding that turned it into the most watched channel in the UK.
She is an expert in talent management having worked closely with many star performers from Simon Cowell and Alan Sugar to Jonathan Ross and Rob Brydon.
Lorraine Heggessey has a reputation as a dynamic leader with a strong track record of spearheading radical change. At BBC 1 she led a comprehensive shake-up of the channel’s schedule and branding that turned it into the most watched channel in the UK, overtaking its commercial competitor ITV for the first time. She moved the main evening news from 9 pm to its current 10 pm slot, revamped Saturday nights introducing shows like Strictly Come Dancing and Dr Who and launched a raft of new dramas including Spooks and Waking the Dead. At that time, GQ named her as the third most influential woman in the UK!
At talkbackThames, Lorraine used her creativity and talent management skills to drive commercial success. She took over the leadership of the company at a critical period, just as its founder and several key executives were leaving. She brought in a new team, revitalised the programming portfolio and increased profits by over 50 percent in her first two years. She was responsible for around 800 hours of television a year, including the UK’s two most popular shows X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent and other hits such as The Apprentice, Grand Designs and QI. Under Lorraine’s leadership, the company trebled its entertainment output, set up a digital division, launched dozens of new titles and won numerous Bafta and Royal Television Society awards. It was named Best Independent Production Company at the Broadcast Awards in 2009 and was chosen by freelancers as the place they would most like to work.
Lorraine Heggessey is renowned for being innovative and has cemented a strong name for herself within the television industry. She speaks with authority on leadership, media and innovation.
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