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New licensing manager duo strengthen BBC Studios’ CP division

Gaby Dior and Louise Rigby join the corporation as it looks to expand on its consumer products ambitions.

BBC Studios has welcomed two new licensing managers to its team as it looks to further build on its consumer products ambitions.

Gaby Dior (pictured left) and Louise Rigby (pictured right) will both report to Rikesh Desai, licensing director merchandise, partnerships and interactive, and are responsible for identifying new product opportunities.

They will also manage and oversee the company’s existing portfolio of merchandise and brand licensing partnerships spanning Bluey, Hey Duggee, BBC Earth and Doctor Who.

Louise will manage UK deals, while Gaby will oversee the licensing operations and agent relationships across EMEA.

“Louise and Gaby bring a wealth of experience and creativity from the brand and licensing world,” commented Rikesh. “They have worked with some of the most popular brands and I’m thrilled they’re joining us at an exciting time to provide our fans with more opportunities to interact with their beloved programmes and characters in new and exciting ways.”

Louise joins from Fashion UK & Global Licensing, bringing over 12 years’ experience working in the brand and licensing industry.

She commented: “I’m so pleased to be joining BBC Studios at such an exciting time, when the consumer products team is supporting the success and significant growth of preschool properties like Hey Duggee and Bluey. I’ve also seen their dedication to supporting partners with sustainable, ethical and environmentally friendly manufacturing which is an amazing thing to be part of.”

Gaby has over 15 years’ experience working in licensing and consumer products and has previously managed licensing programmes across EMEA for Wildbrain CPLG, and internationally for Zodiak Rights (now Banijay Rights).

She added: “I am thrilled to be joining the team at BBC Studios, home to the very best of British creative content. Tapping into my experience across the European markets, I am looking forward to developing and growing the footprint of the licensing business for the new and award-winning preschool brand Bluey and the wider portfolio of existing and trusted brands across the EMEA region.”

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