Founder and MD of the UK's leading independent below the line talent agency, Sara Putt will succeed award-winning television producer Krishnendu Majumdar in the role.
BAFTA today confirmed that Sara Putt is the arts charity’s newly elected Chair. Sara has a distinguished career as a talent agent, producer, executive producer and consultant in television.
For over a decade Sara has been actively involved with BAFTA, she has served on the Board of Trustees since 2011 and has been BAFTA's Deputy Chair since 2021. She has volunteered in various BAFTA committee roles, most recently as Chair of the Television Committee and previously as Chair of the Learning, Inclusion and Talent Committee. Sara sits on the advisory board of the British Film Commission, The Film & TV Charity board and previously on the board of Women in Film and TV.
With a prolific career spanning thirty years in the UK television industry, Sara runs an agency for behind-the-camera technical and production talent, from producers and directors through to heads of department and crew. In 2021, Sara Putt Associates united with sister agencies Sayle Screen and The Artists Partnership to create The Partnership Group. Based at Shepperton Studios, Sara Putt Associates also runs a unique in-house Trainee and Foundation Scheme supporting the next generation of freelance talent including those entrants from underrepresented groups.
With a background in production, Sara has also produced many short films for and with her clients, including the BAFTA-nominated Tattoo. She completed her Business Growth Programme at Cranfield School of Management in 2008 and was awarded her Graduate Diploma of Law at the University of Law in 2015.
Sara has actively supported BAFTA’s year-round programme of learning and new talent initiatives. For the last 12 years Sara Putt Associates have sponsored the Emerging Talent section of the BAFTA Television Craft Awards.
Sara Putt said: “I am deeply honoured to succeed Krishnendu Majumdar as Chair of BAFTA. During his tenure, BAFTA has seen growth and transition. Krish led the ground-breaking 2020 Review with integrity, drive, and openness, and as a result BAFTA has evolved as an academy and arts charity.
Following the lead of the Chairs before me, I intend to continue listening to our membership, our stakeholders and our many beneficiaries. I care deeply about supporting talent and with my expertise as an agent I will steer the work BAFTA does to positively impact the careers of those we support. I believe in celebrating excellence on and off screen and the positive influence BAFTA has in the screen industries, and I am excited to continue learning more about the challenges and opportunities in Games to best to serve this part of the BAFTA community.
I am grateful and thrilled to be working with Jane Millichip, our new CEO, and the entire BAFTA team whom I have come to know and admire over the past few years. BAFTA belongs to all of us, and it is a privilege for me to serve both our members and the wider industries.”
As Chair, Sara will serve for a three-year term. The Board will appoint a Deputy Chair(s) and co-optees in due course. Full details of the current Board of Trustees can be found here.
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Notes to editors:
BAFTA’s recently published Annual Review looks back at the arts charity’s activities and achievements in 2022. The document reports on activity from its annual awards ceremonies to its learning events programme and new talent initiatives. Visit www.bafta.org/about/annual-reviews to find out more.
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BAFTA – the British Academy of Film and Television Arts - is a world-leading independent arts charity that brings the very best work in film, games and television to public attention and supports the growth of creative talent in the UK and internationally. Through its Awards ceremonies and year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – which includes workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes in the UK, USA and Asia – BAFTA identifies and celebrates excellence, discovers, inspires and nurtures new talent, and enables learning and creative collaboration. For more, visit www.bafta.org. BAFTA is a registered charity (no. 216726).