John Willis succeeds Tim Corrie as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts chairman. Corrie will remain as deputy chairman for another year. Willis, chief exec of production outfit Mentorn Media, is a 30-year member of BAFTA and has been chairman of the TV committee and deputy chairman of the academy. He has four BAFTA nominations and one win for Best Factual Program with 1976’s Johnny Go Home. In accepting the post, he said: “Sir David Lean was the first Chairman of the organization that became BAFTA, and 65 years later it is a daunting responsibility, and indeed a great honor, to step into such giant shoes. I look forward to enhancing the amazing cultural and learning work that BAFTA does, as a charity, throughout the UK and in the USA. We have a duty not only to identify and reward excellence but to inspire future generations, so my efforts will be focussed on harnessing the unique body of talent and experience of our membership, in pursuit of our charitable goals.”
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