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BAFTA Announces Virtual Reality Advisory Group Members

4 October 2016

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) released today the list of members of its previously-announced Virtual Reality Advisory Group.

The newly formed, independent group welcomes VR expertise from across the UK and US. It is comprised of individuals representing both the technology and creative sectors and brings expertise from across the VR spectrum.

BAFTA’s Virtual Reality Advisory Group is comprised of:

Dan Ayoub (Microsoft), Frank Azor (Dell), Joel Breton (HTC), Bradley Crooks (BBC), Nonny de la Penna (Emblematic), Clive Downie (Unity), Chris Edwards (THE THIRD FLOOR), Garry Edwards (Warner Bros. Interactive), Dan Gregoire (Matter VR), Matt Jeffrey (Rebellion), Simon Jones (Epic), James Knight (AMD), Deborah Kolar (Kolar), Shawn Layden (Sony), Peter Levin (Lionsgate), Patrick O’Luanaigh (Ndreams), Kim Pallister (Intel), Robin Prybil (Weta), Yelena Rachitsky (Oculus), Sol Rogers (Rewind), Ted Schilowitz (Fox), David Sproxton (Aardman), Roy Taylor (AMD), Kathy Vrabeck (Gamestop), Jon Wadelton (The Foundry).

Short biographies for each member can be found at

Roy Taylor, chair of the Virtual Reality Advisory Group, said: “Recognising that VR is evoking a great deal of debate throughout not only the games industry but the film and television industries too, BAFTA is keen to create a forum which can bring a focus to this important debate. We are honoured that such a prestigious group of colleagues have agreed to join us in this important conversation.”

The Virtual Reality Advisory Group has been created to explore and help articulate the impact that VR will have on the current landscape of the film, television and games industries.

The group will assess the impact of VR within BAFTA’s global mission, and the best ways for BAFTA to facilitate debate and learning experiences. It will also engage with the broader community during its research, including hosting events, demonstrations, and inviting information and feedback. The group is expected to complete its work and deliver its recommendations within the next twelve months, which will be used to inform BAFTA’s global activities. The group is administered by BAFTA Los Angeles.

For further information:

Elyse Weissman at SLATE PR (US)
T 310-461-0114
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Kelly Smith at BAFTA (UK)
T +44 (0) 20 7292 5821
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