BBC Films commissioning executive Joe Oppenheimer will serve as acting head while the organisation seeks a replacement for outgoing head Christine Langan who is set to deaprt early October.
Langan’s departure was revealed by Screen’s sister publication Broadcast in July.
Langan, who was head of the unit since 2009, is to leave the BBC to join Steve Coogan and Henry Normal’s Baby Cow Productions as its CEO.
The executive goes out on a high following the critical and commercial successes of Brooklyn, I, Daniel Blake, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and The Lady In The Van.
During her tenure at the broadcaster the executive has backed productions including Simon Curtis’ Academy Award-nominated My Week With Marilyn, Lynne Ramsay’s intense thriller We Need to Talk About Kevin and Stephen Frears’ Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA