Ralph Lee

Chief Executive, Production, BBC Studios

As Chief Executive, Production, Ralph Lee has overall responsibility for BBC Studios Productions’ creative strategy in the UK and internationally.

His immediate team consists of the key genre Managing Directors in Factual, Scripted, Entertainment, Factual Entertainment and International Production and Formats. Together they deliver over 2000 hours of content annually to the BBC including key titles EastEndersDoctor Who and Strictly Come Dancing / Dancing with the Stars along with new programming across the BBC portfolio. Since BBC Studios became a commercial subsidiary, it also produces for many other clients including Apple TV, Netflix, Amazon, Discovery, National Geographic / Disney, Channel 4, Channel Five and PBS. Ralph is also Chair of the BBC Studios Diversity and Inclusion Council. He reports to Tom Fussell, interim CEO of BBC Studios. 

Prior to joining BBC Studios Ralph Lee had 25 years’ experience in the UK television sector. He was Acting Chief Creative Officer at Channel 4, where he also held a number of commissioning roles including Deputy Chief Creative Officer, Head of Factual and was commissioning lead for diversity and inclusion.  During his tenure, the business enjoyed notable impact and awards for programmes which included: GoggleboxFirst Dates, The Secret Life of FourYear OldsGrayson Perry: All Man, Benefits StreetRichard III: the King in the Car Park24 Hours in Custody and Educating Yorkshire.

Prior to his commissioning roles Ralph was a producer/Director of documentaries specialising in history, arts and biography working both at the BBC and in the independent sector.