Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide
Perry Simon was named Executive Producer, BBC Worldwide, in January 2015, based in the BBC’s New York office. He is charged with developing and producing original content for all media platforms, with a focus on working with UK talent to forge co-productions between the US and UK markets.
From 2010-2014, Simon was General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America, responsible for the business growth and creative direction of BBC America, BBCA VOD, BBCAmerica.com, and all BBC America digital platforms and social media activity for the company’s U.S. operations. Simon oversaw programming, marketing and operations for the BBC America cable channel, now in over 80 million homes. He commissioned a robust slate of original programming, shepherding the development and production of critically and commercially successful series including Copper (Barry Levinson/Tom Fontana), Almost Royal (BBC America’s first original comedy), Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan (Emmy and Critics Choice nominations for Best Reality Show), and the award-winning hit series, Orphan Black. He engineered multiple UK-US co-productions, including widely acclaimed series Luther (Golden Globe winner), The Hour (Emmy winner), Broadchurch (Peabody Award winner), Fleming (Emmy nominee), Ripper Street, The Game, In the Flesh, Musketeers, Spies of Warsaw, Atlantis, and The Last Kingdom. During his tenure, BBC America saw ratings growth of over fifty percent, with 2014 notching the channel’s best ever ratings. Simon also led the channel to become an acknowledged leader in digital content and fan engagement, regularly placing first among cable networks in key social media metrics.
Simon began his television career as an integral part of NBC’s programming team (1980-1993), rising to the post of Executive Vice President, Prime-Time Programs, NBC Entertainment, overseeing all aspects of NBC’s prime-time schedule. During his tenure at NBC, he helped develop and supervise some of the network’s most iconic series including: The Cosby Show, Cheers, The Golden Girls, Law and Order, L.A. Law, Miami Vice, Frasier, and Seinfeld.
Following NBC, Simon spent ten years as President of Viacom Productions (1993-2003) where he managed the development and production of programming targeted for broadcast and cable networks, first-run syndication, international markets, home video, children’s markets, and evolving digital platforms, with annual production volume exceeding $300million. Scripted series included Ed (NBC), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (ABC/WB), Diagnosis Murder (CBS), The Chris Isaak Show (Showtime), The Division (Lifetime), Resurrection Blvd. (Showtime), and partnering with director Barry Levinson and writer/producer Tom Fontana to produce the award-winning prison drama, Oz (HBO) and The Beat (UPN). Viacom Productions also produced over thirty network and cable movies for television during Simon’s tenure, earning both Peabody and Emmy Awards.
In 2003, Simon founded Shore View Entertainment based at Paramount Television, where he developed and produced programming for a variety of television outlets, and served as Executive Producer on USA Network’s popular science-fiction series The 4400.
In 2005, Simon shifted his focus to digital media platforms. He served as the sole Special Advisor to YouTube, Inc. helping the company execute studio and network partnerships from YouTube’s start-up stage through to its acquisition by Google. In the gaming sector, Simon worked with Electronic Arts to adapt several of its gaming franchises for television.
From 2006-2009, Simon served as Chief Content Officer at “over the top” television service provider SezmiCorporation (2006-2009), overseeing the start-up company’s content licensing, programming and advertising activities. He completed licensing deals with most of the major cable programming suppliers and all the major film studios, and worked with Sezmi engineers and the advertising community to create a state-of-the-art interactive advertising platform. Simon shares a patent for designing Sezmi’s innovative U.I. that integrates multi-platform content and advertising into branded viewing “zones”.
Simon serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon (America’s largest regional theatre). He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of Discreet Logic, Inc., a leading developer and distributor of open-platform digital imaging processing software.
Simon holds a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.