Magazine article Screen International

Anne Morrison Named BAFTA Chair

Magazine article Screen International

Anne Morrison Named BAFTA Chair

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BBC Academy director succeeds John Willis, who continues as deputy chair, and becomes second woman to become chair in BAFTA history.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced Anne Morrison as its new chair at last night's AGM, succeeding John Willis.

Morrison had been deputy chair for the last year and her tenure as chair will run for the next two years. John will be deputy chair for one year.

Morrison, who is the second woman to become chair in the history of BAFTA, has been closely involved with the organisation for six years as a member of the Television Committee, chair of the Learning & Events Committee and member of the Board of Trustees. Hilary Bevan Jones was BAFTA's first female chair in 2006.

Morrison said: "I am delighted and deeply honoured to become chair of BAFTA. Over the next two years I want to build on everything BAFTA has already achieved, from the prestigious awards to the amazing year-round learning programme that supports, nurtures and develops new talent.

"I look forward to sharing my passion for offering opportunities to talented young people, regardless of their background, and inspiring them to progress further in their careers. BAFTA has something for everyone, from young game designers to world-leading practitioners. …

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