Former trade editor and journalist Elspeth Tavares has passed away peacefully at her home in London following a short illness.
Tavares was the founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Business of Film, an independent film industry trade publication founded in 1980.
Educated in London, she began her career in publishing with London’s The Observer newspaper where she learned the printing and advertising sales business. Her success with the prestigious national newspaper led to an appointment with the UK’s film trade newspaper, Screen International, where she rose to the position of Managing Director, restructuring the company and making it into a profitable enterprise.
Tavares’ experience in consumer, trade and national newspaper publishing, coupled with her expertise in the international film industry, resulted in the founding of The Business of Film with offices in London and Los Angeles. She prided herself in instigating new technologies and the publication was the first international trade paper to move to total electronic delivery and introduced online interactivity between advertisers and readers.
With her own publication, she has been at the forefront of encouraging new young talent and for the first decade of its existence, The Business of Film operated a trainee journalism scheme for graduates from Oxford and Cambridge to ground them in the complexities of the international film business.
Tavares was also the Founder of The Women’s International Film and Television Showcase (The WIFTS), a foundation that strived to create a new strand of recognition of outstanding women highlighting individuality within all arenas and bringing them together through the art form of Film & Television. An annual award ceremony was hosted in Los Angeles from 2008 to 2019.
Tavares was a member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and a founding member of Women in Film, London. She is survived by her son and grandson.
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