Dr Mark Harrison began his career as an Historian at Cambridge University, before moving into broadcasting. He spent fifteen years as a freelance film director making programmes for several broadcasters across a range of genres. His many awards include ones from the Royal Television Society and British Film Institute, and an International Emmy.
Mark became MD of an independent production company before being appointed Head of Arts for the BBC in 2002. He subsequently became Head of Multiplatform Production for the BBC, and during that time established a reputation for production innovation. In 2011 he became Controller of Production for the BBC’s new centre in the north of England where he was responsible for defining and delivering new ways of working. He then led the BBC’s End-to-End Digital Programme, before being appointed Director of the BBC’s Technology Futures Group earlier this year.
Mark is also the Managing Director of the Digital Production Partnership (DPP), a not-for-profit membership organisation founded by ITV, BBC and Channel 4 to enable the media industry to maximize the potential of digital in the creation and exploitation of content.