The Production Guild of Great Britain has named independent film and television producer Alex Boden as its newly appointed Chair, as Production Controller Guy Barker steps down after four years in the role.
Bond Co-Producer and Financial Controller Andrew Noakes (Eon Productions) and Producer Debbie Vertue (Hartswood Films) are jointly appointed Co-Vice Chairs following the retirement of Kevin Trehy (SVP, Physical Production WB/DC) from the executive committee. Newly appointed to the board is Jo Evans (Production Executive, Tiger Aspect and Fifty Fathoms).
Updates to the Board come at a time when membership of the Production Guild has exceeded 1,000 for the first time in the two decades since it was founded in 1999. The PG represents those working within production office, production accounts, location management, VFX, post-production or assistant directing roles, areas which have seen an increase in demand amidst the continued rise in film production spend and explosion in HETV drama production.
New Chair Alex Boden says: “I’m delighted to take on the role of Chair at a time when production levels are consistently rising. Our skilled crew are in high demand which is great news and the UK industry is working together to ensure we maintain our competitive edge in terms of production excellence. More and more crew are seeking the advocacy, training and networking support that PG offers and it’s more important than ever that we enable them to do their best work whilst championing their expertise behind the scenes. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with CEO Alison Small, Co-Vice Chairs Andrew Noakes and Debbie Vertue and to welcome Jo Evans to the board. With boundaries between film and high end TV drama crews becoming far less distinct as HETV production budgets rise, Debbie and Jo’s involvement further strengthens representation for our members working in TV drama.”
Outgoing Chair Guy Barker says: “Over the past four years I’ve had the honour of chairing the Production Guild of Great Britain, working with the board and the team to make sure that members get the support and service they need and the UK film and TV industry gets the profile it deserves. I believe I’m leaving the PG in a good place; our work and our membership goes from strength to strength. Thank you to all of you, especially Alison, our CEO.”
Alison Small, CEO of The Production Guild, says: “I’m extremely pleased to welcome Alex as our new Chair. His knowledge of the industry spans both European and US studio production, so he’s extremely well versed in the work our members do at home and abroad and the changing landscape of production in the UK and overseas. I know he’ll be a strong and rational guiding hand for the organisation.
“On behalf of the whole PG team and all our members, I’d like to thank Guy wholeheartedly for his unfaltering commitment to the Production Guild during his four years as Chair. He has navigated us throughout a period of growth and change, and we’re immensely grateful to have benefited from his leadership. Thanks also go to Kevin, who has always been a fantastic advocate for the work we do and whose unwavering support has benefited the organisation immeasurably during his years on the board.”
The executive committee now comprises:
• Alex Boden (Chair)
• Andrew Noakes (Co-Vice Chair)
• Debbie Vertue (Co-Vice Chair)
• Natalie Moore (Treasurer)
Newly appointed to the board is:
• Jo Evans (Production Executive, Tiger Aspect Drama & Fifty Fathoms)
Re-elected to the Board are:
• John Graydon (Partner, Saffery Champness)
• Lara Sargent (Co-Director, Sargent-Disc Ltd)
Once again co-opted by the board are:
• Stephen Bristow (Partner, Saffery Champness)
• Kelly Phillips (Director of Production Finance for Original Series UK, Netflix)
Executive Producer Jo Burn (Cats, Overlord, Entebbe), Line Producer Brian Donovan (Allied, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) and Ali Moshref (Production Executive, Film Finances) complete the board. Also standing down are Producers Steve Clark Hall and Iain Smith OBE.
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