Perry Simon

Perry Simon Managing Director

Perry Simon joined Vulcan Productions as Managing Director in March 2017.

Prior to Vulcan, Perry worked with the BBC from 2010-2017, serving as General Manager of the BBC America cable channel and all digital platforms. He commissioned a robust slate of original programming featuring Copper (Barry Levinson/Tom Fontana), Almost Royal (BBC America’s first original comedy), and the Emmy award- winning hit series, Orphan Black.  He engineered multiple UK-US co-productions, including widely acclaimed series Luther (Golden Globe winner/Emmy nominee), The Hour (Emmy winner), Broadchurch, and several award winning natural history docs in partnership with the BBC’s Natural History Unit.

Perry  began his television career as an integral part of NBC’s programming team (1980-1993), rising to the post of Executive Vice President, Prime-Time Programs, NBC Entertainment, overseeing all aspects of NBC’s prime-time schedule. During his tenure at NBC, he helped develop and supervise some of the network’s most iconic series including: The Cosby Show, Cheers, The Golden Girls, Law and Order, L.A. Law, Miami Vice, Frasier, and Seinfeld.

Following NBC, Perry spent twelve years as President of Viacom Productions (1993-2005) where he managed the development and production of programming targeted for broadcast and cable networks, first-run syndication, international markets, home video, children’s markets, and evolving digital platforms, with annual production volume exceeding $300million. Series produced under Perry’s watch included Sabrina the Teenage Witch (ABC/WB), Ed (NBC), Diagnosis Murder (CBS), The Chris Isaak Show (Showtime), and partnering with director Barry Levinson and writer/producer Tom Fontana to produce the award-winning prison drama, Oz (HBO). Viacom Productions won several Peabody and Emmy awards during Perry’s tenure.

In 2005, Perry shifted his focus to digital media platforms.  He served as Special Advisor to YouTube, Inc. helping the company execute studio and network partnerships from YouTube’s start-up stage through to its acquisition by Google. In the gaming sector, Perry worked with Electronic Arts to adapt several of its gaming franchises for television.

Perry serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon (America’s largest regional theatre) and is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

He holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.