You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Film Council builds bridges

Org appoints four producers to improve relations with industry

LONDON — Producer Andrew Eaton has been named as deputy chairman of the U.K. Film Council, with fellow producers Alison Owen, Marc Samuelson and David Sproxton also joining the board.

The appointment of four producers to fill the board vacancies marks an attempt to build bridges with the production community, which has been increasingly vocal in its criticisms of the org in recent months.

Eaton, the partner of prolific director Michael Winterbottom, campaigned for his seat on the board with a manifesto to improve the org’s soured relations with the industry.

As deputy chairman of the British Screen Advisory Council, Samuelson is another who has been a persistent critic of the Film Council’s often high-handed approach to the industry it is supposed to serve.

But the four appointments send a clear signal about the more emollient intentions of new Film Council chairman Stewart Till, who took over from the more abrasive Alan Parker this summer.

Sproxton is co-founder of Aardman Animations, whose credits include “Chicken Run.” Samuelson produced “Wilde” and “Tom and Viv.” Alison Owen’s credits include “Proof” and “Elizabeth.”

More Biz

  • Set TVNow

    Studios Take Aim at Another Pirate Streaming Device

    LONDON — Producer Andrew Eaton has been named as deputy chairman of the U.K. Film Council, with fellow producers Alison Owen, Marc Samuelson and David Sproxton also joining the board. The appointment of four producers to fill the board vacancies marks an attempt to build bridges with the production community, which has been increasingly vocal […]

  • David Chang Partners With Bill Simmons

    David Chang Partners With Bill Simmons for Ringer Podcast

    LONDON — Producer Andrew Eaton has been named as deputy chairman of the U.K. Film Council, with fellow producers Alison Owen, Marc Samuelson and David Sproxton also joining the board. The appointment of four producers to fill the board vacancies marks an attempt to build bridges with the production community, which has been increasingly vocal […]

  • AAFCA, LA City Hall to Honor

    AAFCA, LA City Hall to Honor 'Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.'

    LONDON — Producer Andrew Eaton has been named as deputy chairman of the U.K. Film Council, with fellow producers Alison Owen, Marc Samuelson and David Sproxton also joining the board. The appointment of four producers to fill the board vacancies marks an attempt to build bridges with the production community, which has been increasingly vocal […]

  • Stranger Things Season 2

    Netflix Plans to Raise Another $1.5 Billion in Debt Financing for Original Content

    LONDON — Producer Andrew Eaton has been named as deputy chairman of the U.K. Film Council, with fellow producers Alison Owen, Marc Samuelson and David Sproxton also joining the board. The appointment of four producers to fill the board vacancies marks an attempt to build bridges with the production community, which has been increasingly vocal […]

  • Harvey Weinstein ousted

    Weinstein Co. Adds Board Member to Navigate Bankruptcy Sale

    LONDON — Producer Andrew Eaton has been named as deputy chairman of the U.K. Film Council, with fellow producers Alison Owen, Marc Samuelson and David Sproxton also joining the board. The appointment of four producers to fill the board vacancies marks an attempt to build bridges with the production community, which has been increasingly vocal […]

  • Allison Mack

    'Smallville' Actress Allison Mack Arrested in Sex Cult Case

    LONDON — Producer Andrew Eaton has been named as deputy chairman of the U.K. Film Council, with fellow producers Alison Owen, Marc Samuelson and David Sproxton also joining the board. The appointment of four producers to fill the board vacancies marks an attempt to build bridges with the production community, which has been increasingly vocal […]

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Harvey Weinstein Still Seeking His Emails to Combat Sexual Assault Claims

    LONDON — Producer Andrew Eaton has been named as deputy chairman of the U.K. Film Council, with fellow producers Alison Owen, Marc Samuelson and David Sproxton also joining the board. The appointment of four producers to fill the board vacancies marks an attempt to build bridges with the production community, which has been increasingly vocal […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content