Los Angeles, CA –, April 23, 2015 – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) has announced today the promotion and appointment of Matthew Wiseman as the organization’s new Chief Operating Officer. The appointment takes effect immediately and is the first appointment made by BAFTA Los Angeles’ new Chief Executive Officer Chantal Rickards.
“Matthew’s vision and talent has been integral to the growth and success of BAFTA Los Angeles for many years” said Kieran Breen, Chairman of the BAFTA Los Angeles Board of Directors. “I am delighted that in his new role as Chief Operating Officer, BAFTA Los Angeles will benefit from his extensive and proven abilities as we continue to grow BAFTA’s activities here in LA.”
Wiseman’s appointment comes one week after the arrival of Chantal Rickards, who has relocated from London to become BAFTA Los Angeles’ first Chief Executive Officer.
Wiseman said, “It is a privilege to step into this role, and I am honored by the opportunity. I have had the pleasure of working with the BAFTA team for over 13 years, and share the Academy’s deep commitment to supporting creative British talents in Film, Television and Games around the world. I am delighted to take on this expanded role and work alongside Chantal and the Board here in Los Angeles.”
A London native, Matthew Wiseman has worked for BAFTA Los Angeles since 2002 in numerous roles, most recently as Director of Operations. Wiseman’s achievements to date include the expansion of the organization’s renowned screening and events program, launching the Brits To Watch initiative to support emerging British talents in the US, expanding the BAFTA US Student Film Awards into a national competition, and developing the Britannia Awards into BAFTA’s tent pole Los Angeles event. In recent years Wiseman has also developed the organization’s regional operating plans, and has partnered with the executive teams in London and New York to develop and implement BAFTA’s burgeoning global activities.
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