BAFTA Appoints Director of Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced that Emma Baehr has become its Director of Awards, a new role that oversees all five of BAFTA's London-based ceremonies including November's British Academy Children's Awards and next February's EE British Academy Film Awards.

The role will be responsible for the ongoing development of BAFTA's Awards, ensuring output reaches a wide and diverse audience, increasing engagement with the film, television and games industries and identifying the strategic partnerships which will be essential to ensure the Awards remain the gold standard. Emma will report directly to BAFTA's Chief Executive, Amanda Berry.

Emma also joins Amanda on BAFTA's senior management team, whose members are: Clare Brown, Director of Production; Gilly Burgess, Director of Finance; Tim Hunter, Director of Learning and Events; Kevin Price, Chief Operating Officer; and Julian Shaw, Director of BAFTA 195 Piccadilly.

As part of the restructure, Jim Bradshaw, Head of Membership, also becomes Acting Head of Film with responsibility for the EE British Academy Film Awards and will be supported by Awards Officer Bradley Down.

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said: "The Director of Awards role is a key one for BAFTA. Emma will ensure the Awards continue to be delivered to the very highest standard, maximising the impact of the Awards on our ever growing international audiences whilst helping to identify new business and revenue opportunities. This appointment will allow me to move away from day-to-day management of the Awards and broaden my remit across the organisation."

About BAFTA

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round Learning & Events programme that offers unique access to some of the world's most inspiring talent through workshops, masterclasses, lectures, scholarships and mentoring schemes, connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the UK, Los Angeles and New York. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. For further information, visit http://www.bafta.org and to access the best creative minds in film, TV and games production visit www.bafta.org/guru .


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