Smith joining U.K. pic panel

Producer will help make film policy

LONDON — British Culture Secretary Chris Smith has tapped producer Iain Smith as the 15th director of Britain’s new Film Council, filling the last open seat on the board.

Launched May 2, the Council is the U.K. government’s main adviser on film policy and will supervise subsidy coin totaling £150 million ($225 million) over the next three years.

Smith’s production credits include “Local Hero,” “The Killing Fields” and “Entrapment,” and he joins a board headed by director Alan Parker and peppered with Brit industry notables.

As well as allocating funds, Smith and his colleagues are due to hammer out, by January 2001, a plan for structural change that will benefit British filmmaking.

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