The National Film and Television School has appointed Julian Bellamy, Managing Director of ITV Studios to its Board of Governors.

Bellamy’s career includes roles as Creative Director and Head of Commissioning at Discovery Networks International, where he oversaw production and development across 200 countries. Prior to that, he served as Head of Channel 4 and held pivotal roles as Head of E4 and BBC3 Channel Controller.

His journey in the industry began as a current affairs producer/director, contributing to programmes such as ITV’s World in Action and Channel 4’s Dispatches.

The NFTS Board of Governors is comprised of senior figures from film, television, games and higher education. Bellamy will sit alongside BBC’s Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore, Sky’s Director of Arts and Head of Entertainment, Phil Edgar-Jones, EA’s Chief Commercial Officer Scott Forrest and Prime Video/Amazon Studios’ Head of UK and Europe Creative EDI Miranda Wayland among other high-profile members.

Sophie Turner Laing, Chair of the National Film and Television School, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome Julian Bellamy to the NFTS Board of Governors. His extensive experience and remarkable achievements with television and production will enrich the School’s mission and impact and further elevate our standing within the landscape of world leading training for film, television and games.”

Julian Bellamy added: “Creative talent are at the heart of what we do – from writing epic dramas to producing entertainment for viewers around the world to filming amazing natural history. The NFTS is renowned for supporting and developing generations of exceptional creative talent and it is a privilege to be joining the Board.”

With production bases in 13 countries and over 60 production labels, ITV Studios Group generates close to 7,000 hours of original programming each year. Notable series include the recently acclaimed drama Mr. Bates Vs The Post Office, My Mum Your Dad, Vigil, Queer Eye, Gomorrah, The Voice, Love Island, and the upcoming Franklin for Apple and Rivals for Disney+.


Pippa Considine

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