Outgoing Doctor Who executive producer, Julie Gardner, has joined BBC Worldwide's Los Angeles production studio as executive producer.
She is the first appointment announced by Jane Tranter, recently-appointed executive vice president, programming and production, BBC Worldwide America.
Gardner will be responsible for scripted projects, working with US and British writers including Russell T Davies to develop projects for the American market.
Speaking to the BBC Staff magazine Ariel, Tranter said "She brings an unprecedented insight into drama development and production and has a solid track record of forging strong relationships with the creative community. She will be an asset to our already talented team of scripted executives, and we all feel lucky to have her working with us."
Gardner and Tranter's working relationship began when Tranter assigned Gardner to head up the 2005 revival of Doctor Who. As former head of drama, BBC Wales, she was responsible for the production of a string of dramas including Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Being Human, The Girl in the Cafe, Stuart: A Life Backward, Mistresses and Casanova, as well as overseeing two Doctor Who spin-offs, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
She is expected to join the LA studio full-time in June.