Magazine article Screen International

Tessa Ross to Leave Film4

Magazine article Screen International

Tessa Ross to Leave Film4

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Long-time Film4 head Tessa Ross is stepping down from her role later this year to become chief executive of the National Theatre.

Ross will remain in the post until September 2014, and will stay on as chair of the Growth Fund Advisory Council.

She has been on the board of the prestigious Theatre for the past three years.

Her 13-year tenure at the broadcaster began in 2000. She became Head of Film4 in 2003, followed by her current position of Controller of Film and Drama in 2008.

Her exit follows deputy head of film Katherine Butler's departure from Film4 in January.

Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham will look to fill Ross' role in the next months.

Abraham said: "Tessa has made as big a contribution to Channel 4 as anyone in its history. I would like to personally thank her for her extraordinary commitment, talent and leadership over 13 remarkable years. I am looking forward to working with her over the summer on a number of important projects, including Todd Haynes' Carol, Alex Garland's Ex Machina and Justin Kurzel's Macbeth.

"Tessa's job is one of the most coveted in film, both in the UK and internationally, and while she leaves big shoes to fill, we will shortly begin the task of identifying a new leader for the next chapter of Film4's story. Meanwhile our commitment to investing in independent British film remains undimmed and we have every intention of building on the extraordinary reputation Tessa has created."

Ross added: "I'm incredibly excited to be joining the National Theatre but it is with a heavy heart I leave this wonderful organisation and the brilliant people I've had the pleasure and privilege to work beside over the past 13 years. …

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