Magazine article Screen International

Ingenious' McKenna Named NFTS Chair

Magazine article Screen International

Ingenious' McKenna Named NFTS Chair

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Financier behind Avatar, Life of Pi and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to help steer £13m fundraising for second phase of the school's Digital Village

Patrick McKenna, founder and CEO of investor Ingenious, has been appointed chairman of the National Film & Television School (NFTS) Board of Governors.

He will help steer a £13m fundraising initiative for the second phase of the school's Digital Village development, which will help train a new generation of film-makers in digital special effects and computer gaming.

McKenna said: "The NFTS has built a worldwide reputation for delivering excellent film and TV education and is fortunate in being able to attract some of the world's best creative talent onto its teaching programmes. The NFTS has both the expertise and the track record to ensure that Britain remains one of the best places to conceive and produce media content."

Nik Powell, director of the NFTS, said: "It's brilliant to have such a major figure in our business as Patrick as our new chairman. I very much look forward to working with him to complete phase two of the NFTS Digital Village project and ensuring the NFTS remains one of the top film schools in the world. …

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