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BAFTA Scotland Appoints Ian MacKenzie as Chair

2 August 2016
Ian MacKenzie

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Scotland is delighted to announce that Ian MacKenzie has been elected as Chair of BAFTA Scotland, succeeding Sarah Walmsley after her two-year tenure. Sarah will be Deputy Chair for one year.

Ian MacKenzie is Nations & Regions Manager for Channel 4.  His role is to lead on strategy, development, independent supplier briefing and stakeholder engagement on behalf of Channel 4 TV Commissioning, helping the channel deliver against its quotas and creative ambitions for programme supply from outside of London.  Prior to taking up this role in early 2015, Ian spent five years as Media Project Manager for the Channel 4 Creative Diversity team, helping to develop a multitude of televisual and online projects to primetime transmission, working with independent production partners from all over the UK. 

Ian’s first role at Channel 4 was as DVD & DTO Acquisitions Manager, a role in which he acquired key scripted properties including The Inbetweeners, Misfits & Skins.  This was preceded by a junior Executive role at BBC Worldwide, where he had brand management and programming responsibility for some of the BBCs biggest modern and classic brands, including Doctor Who, Robin Hood, Torchwood, Dad’s Army & Steptoe & Son

Ian has proudly represented Channel 4 on the BAFTA Committee for four years (2012-2016) as an elected member, and having recently been re-elected and appointed as BAFTA Scotland Chair, he looks forward to working with the team, and all of BAFTA to help promote excellence in Scotland’s screen industries.

Jude MacLaverty, Director of BAFTA Scotland, said:

“We thank Sarah Walmsley for all her hard work over the last two years and are thrilled to announce Ian MacKenzie as the new Chair of BAFTA Scotland.  He is a highly respected figure in the television industry, with a wealth of experience to apply to the role.  The build-up for the British Academy Scotland Awards 2016 has begun and we've already received a good amount of entries - coupled with Ian's election, we're looking forward to a bright, ambitious year for BAFTA Scotland.”