BAFTA has apppointed Jane Lush as its new chair. Lush, who was the BBC’s Controller of Entertainment and Comedy before leaving to run Kalooki Pictures, will succeed Anne Morrison, who will continue on as deputy chair for a year. Lush’s tenure as Chair will run for two years.
“It’s a huge honour to become Chair of BAFTA, succeeding Anne Morrison who has taken the Academy from strength to strength,” said Lush. “It’s exciting to build on all of those achievements, ensuring BAFTA stays ahead of the curve by continually enhancing our gold standard award ceremonies and attracting the brightest and the best to our membership, while expanding diversity across all our activity. I would also hope to extend our reach to younger up-and-coming talent through our excellent year-round programme of events. And I’m particularly looking forward to working with BAFTA’s brilliant staff.”
Luch has been closely involved with BAFTA for 10 years and joined the Board of Trustees as Deputy Chair of the Television Committee in 2010. She began as a factual programme-maker at the BBC, eventually becoming Controller of Daytime and shepherding successful shows such as Weakest Link and drama series Doctors. As the BBC’s Controller of Entertainment and Comedy, she was responsible for a budget of £200m, commissioning a range of multi-BAFTA-winning series including Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice, Dragons’ Den and Have I Got News for You. She was part of the BBC Television Board, shaping its channel strategy, managing talent and revitalising programming. She currently runs Kalooki Pictures and co-produces with Hat Trick Productions.
Jane was the founding Chair of the BBC’s Performing Arts Fund charity, which has awarded around £5m to young aspiring musicians through scholarships, mentoring projects and giving musical instruments to hundreds of children, one of whom was the international pop star Adele.