US move on the cards for BBC's Julie Gardner
The outgoing BBC Wales head of drama, Julie Gardner, who oversees shows including Doctor Who and Merlin, is set to join her current boss Jane Tranter in the US.
MediaGuardian.co.uk understands the Gardner is being lined up for a job with Tranter, the outgoing BBC Fiction controller, when she moves to Los Angeles on Boxing Day to head up BBC Worldwide's west coast drama and entertainment production operation.
Sources have said that Gardner is expected to joi
n Tranter in LA in late 2009 after she has finished work on her remaining BBC Wales commitments, with one insider saying she was being lined up either as Tranter's deputy or her head of production.
Gardner, who co-executive produces Doctor Who, announced in December last year that she would stand down from her role at BBC Wales in January.
There has been speculation that at least two of the Doctor Who specials could be filmed in the US, with Gardner going out to oversee them with a permanent move to LA soon after.
At the time of Gardner's announcement of her departure in December last year, Tranter described her as "one of the most impressive television executives in the UK".
"Her success over the past four years in BBC Wales drama has been unparalleled and her work on Doctor Who has earned her a place in TV history," she said.
A BBC spokesman said: "Julie has not announced any plans to move."
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