Herb Scannell

Title: President, BBC Worldwide America

Years in Cable: 27

Education: Boston College

Why Him? BBC America saw record primetime ratings this year among 25-54 year-olds, up 37% year on year. Ad sales climbed a stunning 40% across TV and digital despite the economy. The network is now in 74 million homes, and BBC.com averages 58 million users a month, 21 million of them from North America. That’s not too shabby. To boot, digital sales of BBC programs grew by 45.7% in the last financial year. The former Viacom exec is steering BBC America into its first original U.S. productions, with a raft of new shows slated for 2012.

World Party: BBC Worldwide’s production of new editions of  “Dancing with the Stars” continues to shine. This year it twirled into four new markets: Armenia, South Korea, Indonesia and Vietnam bringing the total to 35 countries.

Year Ahead: Originals in the U.S. for BBC America and ‘Dance’ fever around the globe bode well. ?

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