17 July 12
Christina Thomas has been involved with BAFTA in New York since its inception in the 1996, along with the two other New York founding members, Gill Rose and Freddie Hancock. She has seen the New York based BAFTA chapter grow from its relatively small beginning to its present level of over 600 members.
As Chairman she oversaw the growth in film screenings from around 20 in the first year to the current level of closer to 100 a year. She ran the first open Annual General Meeting in 2006 and has helped move the organisation to greater transparency inviting the involvement of all members in all decisions from the election of Board members to participating in committees to help develop the activities of BAFTA New York.
She has represented BAFTA New York at six BAFTA summit meetings with the Chairs, Vice chairs and Chief Executives of BAFTA branches in London and Los Angeles. She served as Chairman until March 2007, when she was selected by the Board to become BAFTA in New York’s first Chief Executive.
Christina has been involved in the field of international television with major corporations and independent producers in the UK and the US for many years. She has run British and US companies in London and New York involved with co-productions and selling and buying television programs for the domestic and international markets primarily in the documentary, drama, music and children's areas.