Peter Henton, producer of BAFTA/LA’s Britannia awards, died Friday in Los Angeles of undisclosed causes. He was 60.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church, 215 Foothill Blvd., La Canada.
Henton served on the board of directors of BAFTA/LA for 14 years, from 1988 to 2002. For the past 15 years he served as producer of the Britannia Awards, including tonight’s event honoring Clint Eastwood.
Henton came to Los Angeles from Britain in 1984. For several years he was VP of production for Showscan, where he was responsible for the company’s large format simulation films, including “Cosmic Pinball” and “Devil’s Mine Ride,” as well as its corporate productions. Prior to joining Showscan in 1991, Henton spent 20 years as a film and TV producer in Britain and America for orgs including the BBC, Universal, MTV and Australian Broadcasting.
His own production company, Dover Films, produced live events and awards shows including the Visual Effects Society Awards, many of which were televised. In film, he specialized in documentary projects, large format 70mm and high definition productions, most of which were independently financed for the IMAX theater circuit.
He is survived by his wife Joyce.