Talent agent succeeds producer David Parfitt

LONDON — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has tapped agent Tim Corrie to serve as its chairman.

He succeeds producer David Parfitt, who steps down after completing his two-year term. Parfitt will continue to serve as the academy’s deputy chairman for a further year.

Corrie will be the 40th BAFTA chairman in its 63-year history, having served as deputy chairman for a year. He joined the org’s television committee in 2005, and became the committee’s deputy chairman in 2008.

“As the first agent working in the arena of film and television production to assume this role, I trust that some negotiating skills will stand me in good stead,” Corrie said.

Corrie said he intended to consolidate BAFTA’s work in the vidgames sector and strengthen ties with its branches in Scotland, Wales and the U.S., as well as maintaining the standards of the org’s other activities, such as the awards, debates, events, lectures and education programs.

Corrie started his career at Paramount Pictures before joining agency Fraser and Dunlop Scripts in 1971 to help it develop in the film and television sectors. He worked for the company — which became PFD — for more than 30 years and held the role of co-chairman.

In 2007, along with 80 colleagues, Corrie left to found a new agency, United Agents.

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