Darren Childs

Darren Childs is the CEO of UKTV.

Darren Childs

With a prestigious career in broadcast media spanning the globe and more than two decades, Darren has delivered growth across large media portfolios around the world.

Darren joined multi-award winning Broadcaster, UKTV, in September 2010, with the primary objective of driving the growth of the multiplatform network. UKTV is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive.

Darren's achievements for UKTV include positioning Dave and Drama as the UK's two most watched non-PSB channels; delivering the most successful year in UKTV's history and achieving terrestrial levels of viewership in terms of share of the commercial audience (SOCI), as well as the successful launch of brand new channel Drama, five new HD channels, premium channel brand W, and the network's VOD service, UKTV Play.

Before starting at UKTV, Darren was Managing Director of BBC Worldwide Global Channels. Under Darren's leadership, BBC Worldwide Channels achieved dramatic expansion and enjoyed its most successful year in 2009/2010, with record sales and profits. Prior to BBC Worldwide, Darren was Senior Vice President, International Networks for Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI), EMEA; spent several years in Asia, first as Director of Programming for MTV Asia and then as Director of Business Development at Channel V (part of the STAR TV platform). He has also sat on the non-executive board for HBO Europe. Darren is an MBA graduate of Stanford University.