Council taps fund chief

Buckingham to help broaden range of U.K. pix offered

LONDON — FilmFour deputy CEO Peter Buckingham was appointed head of the Film Council’s distribution and exhibition fund Monday.

Buckingham, who will start Nov. 4, will implement the council’s strategy to broaden the range of movies on offer from the U.K.

His appointment was an open secret in British film circles for two months, but confirmation was delayed by a laborious shutdown process at FilmFour, the production arm of broadcaster Channel 4.

Perrin travels

Buckingham’s deputy will be Steve Perrin, who is moving across from the Film Council’s research and statistics unit.

“Providing access to a more diverse range of films and taking cinema into parts of the U.K. that are currently lacking or are underserved will be the key challenge that Steve and I are looking forward to tackling,” Buckingham said.

Org already has announced the creation of a Cinema Screen Fund, worth £14 million ($21 million) over four years; a Digital Exhibition Fund of $1.5 million per year; and a $1.5 million annual fund to support the P&A costs of arthouse movies.

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