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Jill Hawkins, Communications Director

Communications Director at BAFTA New York between 2002 - 2015

Executive Director of the archive Trade Association ACSIL since 2003, Jill Hawkins has been an industry expert in the stock footage field for many years.

Jill pioneered and headed up BBC Library Sales (now BBC Motion Gallery) for many years by taking it from a UK based sales operation to become an international leader in stock footage.

During a diverse BBC career she was Head of Business Development helping to establish a nascent BBC Films by negotiating the theatric rights for Truly, Deeply Madly. Later she headed up Marketing, Investments and Rights and Clearances of BBC Worldwide, organizing the departments to maximize the long term catalog value of the BBC’s archives and developing investment led marketing strategies for new BBC programming. 

She was Head of Business Affairs and then Television Sales Director, responsible for the worldwide portfolio of BBC’s commercial programming in the international market. Mandated to develop the BBC’s archives she developed WildVision, the award winning commercial production arm of the NHU guiding it through development to fully fledged production house for long form and commercials. 

She represented television programming for the BBC Charter renewal commercial strategy committee in the mid 90s helping to unlock the BBC’s vast catalog of drama and comedy which later led to the development of the BBC’s first satellite channels in the UK and internationally. 

Deployed to the US to open a US based Archive Sales operation she developed a number of innovative archive strategies with Microsoft and Discovery and negotiated the BBC/CBS representation agreement as well as the current website based business strategy and pioneered the use of broadband based delivery of transmission materials to clients. 

Jill is also professional photographer and shoots BAFTA New York's special screenings and events.