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Los Angeles, September 4, 2012 – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles® (BAFTA Los Angeles), which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, announced today that the BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea, presented by BBC AMERICA, will take place on Saturday, September 22 at The London Hotel. BBC AMERICA is returning for its tenth year as presenting sponsor of the BAFTA LA TV Tea.
Launched in 2003, the BAFTA LA TV Tea is one of the most prestigious events in the annual awards calendar. The 2012 Tea will be held the Saturday afternoon prior to The Primetime Emmy Awards, and will celebrate excellence in television by honoring this year's nominees from the UK, Commonwealth and America. Leading television executives, celebrities, BAFTA members, as well as Emmy Nominees will enjoy traditionally British tea and scones, and cocktails, as they bid on unique items in the silent auction to raise funds for BAFTA Los Angeles Community Outreach and Education programs including the weekly Inner City Summer Screening Program in 38 LA City and County parks.
“This is one of the key events in our calendar and with BAFTA LA very much acting as a bridge between the UK and Hollywood, we are delighted to congratulate all the nominees,” said Neil Stiles, Chairman of BAFTA LA. “This year, you will see more than ever how the TV Tea has become an increasingly important part of the awards season.”
BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea sponsors include presenting sponsor BBC AMERICA along with American Airlines and Champagne Taittinger.
BAFTA Los Angeles
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles is the only Anglo-American professional organization founded to promote and advance original work in film, television and interactive media. BAFTA Los Angeles serves as the bridge between the Hollywood and British production and entertainment business communities, and provides exclusive access to screenings, Q&As with creative talent, produces seminars with leading UK film and television executives and the Heritage Archive, featuring broadcast-quality interviews with distinguished British members of the film and television industries, giving life to the preservation of the UK film industry for future generations.
Maintaining a long tradition of recognizing the finest filmmaking and television talent, BAFTA Los Angeles hosts a series of events, including the prestigious Britannia Awards, the Awards Season Film and Television Tea Parties in January and September and the annual Garden Party.
A commitment to professional and community education is at the heart of the Academy’s charitable remit. BAFTA Los Angeles hosts the Student Film Awards and has an active Scholarship Program offering financial support and mentorship to UK students studying in the U.S. The Academy created The Inner City Cinema, a screening program providing free screenings of theatrical films to inner city areas not served by theatres. The success of Inner City Cinema has led to further free screening programs extended to multiple inner city parks through the Academy’s work with both the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks After Dark) and The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (Teen Summer Camps).
For more information on the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles, visit www.baftala.org
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