Bristol Distinguished Address: Lisa Opie, Managing Director, UK Production, BBC Studios

Date: 11 March 2020
Venue: UWE Bristol, Bristol Business School, North Entrance, Frenchay Campus, Filton Road, Bristol, BS16 1ZG
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Time: 18:00-21:00

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TV as a Force For Good

Lisa Opie, Managing Director of BBC Studios UK Production, talks about the power of television to drive positive change locally, nationally and internationally.

BBC Studios world-leading Natural History Unit was recently awarded the prestigious Chatham House Prize for Blue Planet II's global impact on the issue of ocean plastics.

Also made in Bristol, DIY SOS highlights social issues and has seen more than 20,000 volunteers give their time and complete over 16 million worth of builds over the last 20 years.

At a time when it is hard to tell what is real or fake and when there is division and discord, content can play a key role in raising awareness of important issues, bringing communities together and changing the world for the better.

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  • 18:00 - Registration and tea/coffees
  • 18:30 - Lecture
  • 19:30 - Networking and refreshments.


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Event Entry and Live Stream

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis for those that have registered. Not everyone who has registered will turn up, so to ensure we have a full house, we allow more registrations than there are places. Please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time of the lecture to avoid disappointment. If you arrive late and the lecture theatre is full, you may be able to watch the talk from the live streaming room.


Lisa Opie is Managing Director for BBC Studios Production, the UK's most awarded producer and part of the BBC's commercial arm.

Lisa is responsible for delivering its business plan, defining and delivering the commercial strategy and accountable for risk and business management.

Lisa was previously Managing Director, Factual Production, BBC Studios, leading the creative heads, production management and business teams responsible for producing award-winning programmes like Blue Planet II, Killed By My Debt and Basquiat - Rags to Riches. Under her leadership the Factual Production team has secured numerous third-party commissions, including BBC Studios' first non-BBC commission Wildlife Warriors (formerly The Red List) for Discovery, Royal Wedding Watch for PBS, Fatberg Autopsy: The Secrets of the Sewers for Channel 4 and Stay Free: The Story of The Clash for Spotify.

Prior to her role leading BBC Studios' Factual Production, Lisa was the BBC's Controller of Business for Factual and Daytime. She joined the BBC in 2013 from Two Four, where she was Managing Director Digital, helping create digital channels and content for brands, broadcasters and businesses. Previously she was Managing Director of Content at Channel Five, responsible for the creative and editorial strategy for Five's family of channels, and Managing Director of Flextech Television, a former partner with the BBC in UKTV.

Previously Lisa worked at the satellite TV company BSB and presented and researched radio programmes for BBC Radio Wales. She began her career in the theatre having attended the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Indiana University Theatre School.

Lisa reports into Ralph Lee, BBC Studios' Director of Content and sits on BBC Studios Executive Committee.

About the Bristol Distinguished Address Series

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership.

The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA, Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Law Society, Bristol Media, Business Leader, Business West, CBI, CIPD, CIPFA, CMI, FSB, IoD, ICAEW and the West of England Combined Authority.

Continual Professional Development

UWE Bristol is a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) member and we are pleased to announce that this lecture series has been certified in principle by the CPD Certification Service.

For delegates who wish to obtain a CPD Certificate of Attendance, please register your details with a member of the events team after each lecture. Please note that we will not be able to administer any retrospective certificate requests.

Subject to each lecture being certified, you will receive a personalised CPD certificate direct from CPD up to 28 days after the event.

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We will aim to make all addresses available as a podcast one week after the lecture, subject to approval of the speaker and no technical difficulties with the recording. Podcasts can be viewed on our previous address archive.

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Cost: Free
Contact: Events Team
Telephone: +44(0)117 32 84517

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