Ken Hay, CEO of national film agency Scottish Screen, will not be moving across to new £60 million ($87 million) creative industries body Creative Scotland. Hay lost out on the top job to Andrew Dixon, who today announced the three key executives underneath him: Vena Dhupa, Iain Munro and Caroline Parkinson. Worryingly, none of these top four jobs have any experience in film. The idea is that all three new appointments will work across every creative industry. Sounds like a dog’s breakfast to me. Scottish producers were afraid that film would be sidelined when Scottish Screen merged with the Scottish Arts Council. Dixon comes from regional quango NewcastleGateshead Initiative, while Munro is co-director of arts at Scottish Arts Council; Parkinson is Scotland and Northern Ireland director for Creative & Cultural Skills; and Dhupa ran a programme for creative entrepreneurs for the Arts Council of England’s Cultural Leadership Programme, if you please. My question is where is Creative Scotland’s film expertise going to come from? Referring to the scrapping of Scotland’s standalone film agency, one producer tells me, “It’s like that Joni Mitchell lyric, ‘You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’.”
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