BAFTA has hired Jane Millichip as its Chief Executive Officer. She will take up the role in October.
Most recently Millichip was Sky Studios’ Chief Content Officer and prior to that its Chief Commercial Officer. Her 25 year career in television spans production, distribution and broadcasting and she has extensive international experience, having overseen editorial and commercial activities in Sky’s European markets.
Previously as Managing Director of Sky Vision, Millichip established and built Sky’s production portfolio and distribution business, acquiring and managing production companies in the UK and US. She spearheaded Sky Studios’ commitment to Planet Placement and albert. She is also a Trustee of SEEd – a sustainability and environmental education charity. She is a WFTV mentor for 2022.
Krishnendu Majumdar, Chair of BAFTA, said: “This is the first time the CEO role has been available at BAFTA in over 20 years and I’m thrilled that we’ve pulled off a real coup in finding Jane, an inspirational leader who shares BAFTA’s values for making the screen industries more accessible, inclusive and environmentally sustainable. Jane brings with her a unique and impressive combination of top-level commercial and creative experience that will ensure BAFTA delivers its charitable remit, maintains the gold standard of our Awards and makes a positive impact on the film, games and television industries. She is highly regarded as a global television industry leader and is brilliantly placed to take BAFTA to new heights.”
Jane Millichip said: “BAFTA is a world-renowned brand and arts charity; entrusting its welfare to a new CEO is no small matter. I salute Amanda Berry and Kevin Price for their long-standing and impressive tenure, and I am honoured to be given this opportunity to take the organisation forward in the next chapter of BAFTA’s story. Increasing accessibility, inclusion and relevance for the beneficiaries of BAFTA’s learning initiatives, for its members, for the screen industries and for public audiences, alongside a focused growth strategy, will enable BAFTA to evolve and deliver its charitable goals for years to come. I have seen the passion and commitment from all those involved in the organisation, and I am thrilled to be joining such a brilliant team.”
Bal Samra, Governance & Appointments Committee Chair at BAFTA, added: “Jane is the ideal leader to champion and grow BAFTA’s work; celebrating the craft across film, games and television, elevating talent, promoting inclusivity and representation and being a voice for the screen industries. We look forward to seeing the organisation thrive under her leadership.”
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