Sony Exec Kathryn Busby To Chair BAFTA LA Board; 1TwentyFour’s Karl Stewart Set As Deputy Chair


Sony exec Kathryn Busby is to chair the board of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Los Angeles division.

Busby, who is Senior Vice President of Development at Sony Pictures Television Networks, will begin her term from January 1 2019 and will succeed Kieran Breen, President of International Marketing for 20th Century Fox International, who has reached his term limit as an LA Board Member.

Busby was formerly Deputy Chair and will be succeeded by Karl Stewart, President and Co-Founder of 1TwentyFour.

Other new members include Waterworld actor Alexa Jago, Film and Entertainment Strategist Louise Chater, Melissa Myers, Scripted Television Agent and Partner at WME and Netflix’s Vice President of Original Series at Nina Wolarsky. They will join current Board Members Phil Cross (Treasurer), Gary Goldberger (Secretary), Adam Bialow, Tara Halloran, Sandro Monetti, and Roy Taylor.

Outgoing board members completing their term as Board Members in 2018 include Beverley Ward and Chris Rice.

“We would like to thank our outgoing Chair of the Board, Kieran Breen for his unwavering commitment and invaluable contributions to BAFTA in Los Angeles over the past six years,” said Chantal Rickards, CEO of BAFTA Los Angeles. “We are delighted that he will continue to offer his support, wisdom and international perspective to the BAFTA Board in London, and look forward to continuing to work with Kathryn Busby and transitioning her into her new role.”

“It is an absolute privilege and honor to serve as the new Chair of the Board for BAFTA Los Angeles,” said Busby. “I am looking forward to working with the members of the Board and Staff in LA, and our colleagues around the world to further BAFTA’s mission in North America.”

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