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Jane Lush leaves BBC to start indie

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The BBC's controller of entertainment commissioning, Jane Lush is qutting the corporation to start an independent production company.

Leaving with Lush will be Fenia Vardanis, the BBC's executive editor of format entertainment.

"From Strictly Come Dancing to Fame Academy Does Comic Relief, Jane - working closely with Fenia and commissioning and production colleagues - has been instrumental in bringing the glitz and glamour of sequins and stilettos back to Saturday night television," said BBC director of TV, Jana Bennett. "Add to that their ability to spot and work with in-house and independent programme makers to bring on innovative and entertaining formats, such as Dragons' Den and The Apprentice, and you have a very potent mix.

"We look forward to them bringing more stardust back to the BBC as independent programme makers."

Jon Beazley, currently executive editor of mainstream entertainment commissioning, will become acting controller of entertainment commissioning.

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