A full list of BAFTA's Board of Trustees and their biographies.
Chair of the Academy
Anne Morrison is a consultant, coach and executive producer.
From 2009 to 2014, Anne was Director of the BBC Academy, the organisation responsible for all the BBC’s training and development across journalism, production, technology and leadership.
This followed her role as Project Director of Network Supply Review, the BBC's ambitious plan to grow network TV production dramatically from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland by 2012.
Prior to this Anne was Controller, Documentaries and Contemporary Factual, BBC. Under her leadership, this factual TV production department made programmes such as the drama-documentary Dunkirk, investigations such as The Secret Policeman and Whistleblower, live events such as The Queen's Jubilee and Live8; launched documentary strands One Life and Mischief; made contemporary factual programmes such as What Not To Wear and relaunched Top Gear.
Anne began her career at the BBC in 1981 as a general trainee and then joined Documentary Features where she directed and produced a range of documentaries. She also produced Holiday and executive produced Crimewatch and Rough Justice.
Anne was educated in Belfast and Churchill College, Cambridge.
Deputy Chair of the Academy
Jane was a programme maker for many years before becoming the BBC’s Controller of Daytime where she commissioned Weakest Link and Doctors - a stepping stone for countless actors, writers, directors and crews. She left the BBC in 2005 as Controller Entertainment and Comedy responsible for Strictly Come Dancing, Catherine Tate, The Apprentice and Dragons Den. Jane is now running Kalooki Pictures co-producing with Hat Trick Productions.
Chair of Games Committee
Harvey is CEO of Marmalade, overseeing the Marmalade Game Studio developing titles for young audiences across mobile devices, and the Marmalade technology; that enables game and app developers to create rich content to release across a multitude of mobile devices, phones, tablets smart TVs and desktop computers. Prior to joining Marmalade, Harvey was VP, General Manager of Bright Light at Electronic Arts (EA) driving intellectual properties targeting family and mainstream audiences including the Harry Potter game franchise. Harvey has been in the games industry for nearly 20 years in a number of studio leadership roles and with a title roster which has included multiple Harry Potter titles, Crazy Taxi, Alias, Dakar Rally 2 and Burnout 3: Takedown amongst many more. Prior to joining EA in 2003, he was Studio General Manager of the Cheltenham Studio for Acclaim Entertainment, with overall responsibility for Acclaim’s Teesside and London studios.
Chair of the Film Committee
Pippa Harris established Neal Street Productions in 2003, alongside Sam Mendes and Caro Newling, and runs the company’s Film and TV division together with Nicolas Brown.
Since the formation of Neal Street Productions, Pippa has produced Starter for Ten, Stuart A Life Backwards, and also co-produced Jarhead. She also executive produced Things We Lost in the Fire, Away We Go and the Oscar-nominated Revolutionary Road, as well as the recently released feature documentary We Are Many.
Pippa is currently Executive Producer on Call the Midwife - the most successful new BBC drama series in over ten years, as well as the multi award winning, Penny Dreadful, written by John Logan for Showtime / Sky Atlantic. She also executive produced BBC Two's BAFTA winning, The Hollow Crown.
Previously, Pippa was the Head of Drama Commissioning for the BBC where her commissions included The Lost Prince, State of Play and Daniel Deronda. Pippa joined the BBC in 1997 as a Development Executive for BBC films before becoming the Executive Producer of BBC Drama Serials. Her production credits include the BAFTA winning dramas The Way We Live Now, Care and Warriors.
Co-opted - Chair of Commercial Committee
Medwyn Jones is a Partner at media and entertainment law firm Harbottle & Lewis LLP (www.harbottle.com) where he heads up the Television Group. He acts for many of the leading independent UK production companies, as well as for writers, on-screen and production talent, broadcasters, programme sponsors, sports rights owners and event organisers.
He advises on all aspects of development, finance, production and distribution of television programmes and feature films, as well as sponsorship and broadcast issues, and the exploitation of secondary and ancillary rights. Medwyn spent the first part of his career involved in UK and international acquisitions, disposals and flotations before focusing on the television and film industries, and now works closely with the firm's Corporate and Tax teams on sales and acquisitions of television and film companies.
He appears as an expert in the Legalease publication Legal Experts, as well as being highly recommended in The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners legal directories.
Having graduated from Sheffield University in 1977, and after attending the College of Law, Medwyn qualified as a solicitor in 1980. He joined Harbottle & Lewis as a Partner in 1994, having previously been a partner at a leading City law firm.
Chair of the Television Committee
Krishnendu is an award-winning producer and director. He was trained on the BBC Production Trainee scheme, the ITN News Trainee scheme and the BBC Drama Series Directors Academy. He is the co-founder of an independent production company with partner Richard Yee, Me + You Productions. They are developing a slate of factual, comedy and drama projects. Their output includes two series of Hoff The Record - a comedy starring David Hasselhoff and two series of The Moaning of Life starring Karl Pilkington. Their awards include a Mental Health in Media award and they has been nominated for two BAFTAs, RTS, British Comedy Awards, National Television Awards and shortlisted for two Grierson Awards.
He has been elected to the BAFTA Television committee since 2006 was on the Board of Trustees and the chair of the Learning and Events Committee from 2006-10. Other industry experience includes a term on the Board of Directors UK and currently on the PACT Council.
Credits include: An Idiot Abroad, The Happiness Salesman; True Stories: What’s Killing Darcus Howe?; Bleach, Nip, Tuck: The White Beauty Myth; The World’s Smallest Man and Me; Michael Howard: No More Mr Nasty; Coked Up Britain and Who You Callin' A Nigger?
Deputy Chair of the Television Committee
Emma Morgan is the new Head of Popular Factual at Oxford Scientific Films and has previously held keys role both in production and development, at major companies such as Mentorn Media, Twofour Broadcast and most recently as Creative Director at Warner Brothers UK owned Watershed TV – where she developed Stacey Dooley’s latest series for BBC3, No Place To Be A Girl.
As Director of Development at Mentorn Media, Emma developed The Fried Chicken Shop: Life in a Day and Angry, White & Proud both for Channel 4, Free Speech and Hotel of Mum & Dad both for BBC3, Gregg’s: More Than Meats the Pie for Sky and Young & Married for MTV.
Her executive producer credits include the award winning Why Men Wear Frocks with Grayson Perry for C4 and Edwardian Insects on Film for BBC4 plus The Art on Your Wall with Sue Perkins for BBC2. Emma also developed C4’s Bafta-nominated Cutting Edge The F---ing Fulfords.
Emma has been a mentor for Channel 4’s diversity training scheme seven times and is currently a member of the advisory panel for the NFTS Factual & Development Diploma. She has been a member of the BAFTA Television Committee since July 2014 and is currently co-chairing the film and television committee for Bafta Breakthrough Brits initiative with Marc Samuelson.
Chair of the Learning & Events Committee
For the last 25 years Sara has owned and run Sara Putt Associates, an agency for technicians and production personnel. Sara began her career in BBC radio and subsequently in TV production, before establishing her own agency to fill a gap in the market, offering career management to sections of the freelance industry who had not previously been able to access representation. This now includes above the line and VFX talent. Sara Putt Associates has also established its own trainee scheme in order to nurture the next generation of freelance talent.
In 2008 Sara successfully completed the BGP (Business Growth Programme) at Cranfield School of Management in order to develop and strengthen her management skills, and at the moment is doing a Graduate Diploma in Law. She also sits on the Women in Film and TV Board. Throughout her career Sara has also produced films for her clients including Tattoo which was BAFTA nominated for Best Short Film in 2002. For the last three years Sara Putt Associates have sponsored the Breakthrough Talent section of the BAFTA Craft Awards.
Deputy Chair of the Film Committee
Marc Samuelson was formally a Director of the Association of Independent Producers and of the Edinburgh International Television Festival, and MD of Umbrella Films, producers of White Mischief and 1984. He was previously a Board Member of the UK Film Council, a Governor of the NFTS and Deputy Chairman of the British Screen Advisory Council, and he is currently Chair of the Pact Film Policy Group.
From 1990 to 2006 he worked as an independent film producer on films such as the Oscar nominated Tom & Viv, BAFTA-nominated Wilde, Arlington Road, Gabriel & Me, The Gathering, Things To Do Before You're 30, and Stormbreaker, and as executive producer of The Libertine, Keeping Mum and Chromophobia.
In August 2007 Marc became a director of CinemaNX, the film investment company backed by the Isle of Man Government. For NX Marc produced BAFTA-nominated Me and Orson Welles and TT3D: Closer to the Edge and executive produced The Disappearance of Alice Creed, A Bunch of Amateurs, Heartless, Oscar-nominated Chico & Rita, Wild Target, Albatross, The Shadow Line, The Decoy Bride, Ashes and Honour.
Marc departed his position with CinemaNX to relaunch his company Samuelson Productions and has a slate of film and television projects in various stages of packaging and development. He was most recently executive producer on The Silent Storm directed by Corinna Villari-McFarlane and starring Andrea Riseborough and Damian Lewis and City of Tiny Lights directed by Pete Travis and starring Riz Ahmed, Billie Piper and Cush Jumbo.
Samir is owner and CEO of Juniper, an independent television and radio production company. Its output ranges from weekly political shows to documentaries covering religion, history, science, race, to drama-docs and dramas. Prior to taking over Juniper in 1998, Samir was at the BBC, first as head of TV current affairs and later as head of political journalism across radio and television. Samir’s career in television started back in 1979 at London Weekend Television where he worked on range of programmes including Weekend World, Credo and The London Programme.
Samir was a Non-Executive Director on the BBC Executive Board between 2007 and 2010. He is currently on the BBC’s Content Supply Working Group and on the 2015 RTS Cambridge Convention Advisory Committee.
Samir was awarded an OBE in 2000 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Television Society in 2002.
He is a former Chair of the Runnymede Trust and of Screen West Midlands, and a former Trustee of the Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture. Samir is a Special Professor in Post Conflict Studies at the University of Nottingham. He is a former Deputy Chair of the V&A Museum and is currently Chair of the Geffrye Museum and a Board member of Reprieve. He is on the PM’s Holocaust Commission.
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