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Lisa Clark steps down as executive producer of Top Gear after only 5 months


By Jessica Goodfellow, Media Reporter

December 22, 2015 | 2 min read

Lisa Clark, executive producer of Top Gear, is stepping down after only five months in her role.

Clark was hired in July to replace former Andy Wilman. The rebooted motor show, fronted by Chris Evans, is still in production, with its debut set for May. In her five months at the role, Clark has overseen pre-production and led early shooting at the filming location at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey.

Alex Renton, who has been series editor of Top Gear for 10 years, will oversee the show for now. The BBC claims a new executive producer will be announced in due course.

The revamped show was launched in October by BBC Worldwide during Mipcom, a global entertainment content market event in Cannes. Chris Evans attended the conference, and offered buyers a sneak preview of his plans, which are rumoured to include live elements.

A spokesperson from BBC released the following statement to The Drum on Clark's departure: "We’d like to thank Lisa for all her incredible work over the last five months readying new Top Gear for its busy filming schedule in 2016 and planned return in May.”

Clark co-founded Pett Television, a television production company, and has announced she will unveil her “new projects” in the new year.

On her departure, Lisa Clark said: “After an extremely busy five months I am moving on from Top Gear to new projects which I will be announcing in the New Year. I'd like to wish production all the very best with the show.”

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