Org adds 7 new directors
BAFTA/L.A. tapped seven members to its board of directors Thursday, expanding the panel from 15 to 18 industryites.New appointees to the Brit board include actor Ian Abercrombie, distribution and marketing exec Duncan Clark, talent manager Melanie Greene, producer Paul Heller, former British Film Office director John Houlton, producer Julia Verdin and president of Granada Entertainment USA Anthony Root. The elected members will each serve a two-year term alongside returning board members and BAFTA exec officers, including chairman Gary Dartnall, managing director Katy Haber, treasurer Nicholas Hippisley Coxe and executive director Donald Haber. In addition to the new board members, former director Pamela Godfrey also will assume a new post as secretary of the board of directors. Established in 1987, BAFTA/L.A. honors creative excellence in film and television at its annual Britannia Awards ceremonies. The independent nonprofit organization is associated with BAFTA, a charity for the arts with more than 1,800 members in the U.K. Current members of the BAFTA/L.A. board of governors include Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.