BBC America Executive Director

Courtney Thomasma

Courtney Thomasma is the Executive Director of BBC AMERICA, a hub of innovative, culturally contagious programming including the critically acclaimed series “Killing Eve;” top-rated phenomenon “Doctor Who;” Emmy® and IDA-winning “Planet Earth II” and the producers’ next epic story of our planet, “Dynasties;” Emmy®-winning “Blue Planet II;” acclaimed drama “Luther;” ground-breaking unscripted series “Top Gear;” buzzy and hilarious “The Graham Norton Show;” and the world’s biggest darts championships.
Thomasma joined AMC Networks in 2013, most recently serving as Vice President of Research & Insights for BBC AMERICA. During her time at BBC AMERICA, she developed audience strategies to drive ratings and revenue growth, inform brand positioning and program development, and advance multi-platform solutions for the network. She also helped launch the network’s Galaxy of Women initiative, which aspires to elevate the role of women in front of and behind the camera, and co-authored the study Superpowering Girls: Female Representation in the Sci-Fi/Superhero Genre with the Women’s Media Center, which was covered by media outlets around the world. Thomasma previously led Research for sister network SundanceTV, where she oversaw the network’s transition to a Nielsen-rated, ad-supported model.
Prior to joining AMC Networks, Thomasma held a number of roles at Nielsen, where she managed key national television accounts, directed strategic business initiatives internationally, and completed the flagship Emerging Leaders Program. She started her career in Ad Sales Research for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Thomasma earned a B.A. in Communication from Pepperdine University and an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University. She was named as one of Multichannel News’ “40 under 40” industry executives and completed the Cable Executive Management program at Harvard Business School.