Variety prexy takes reins of Anglo-American org

Variety president Neil Stiles has been elected chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles, the org announced following a Monday-evening vote.

The board also tapped Gary Dartnall as deputy chair and Nigel Daly as secretary, and re-elected Paul Steinke as treasurer.

Outgoing chair and “American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe will occupy a fifth slot on the executive committee.

All will serve two-year terms.

BAFTA/LA, which was established in 1987, is the only Anglo-American professional organization founded to promote and advance original work in film, television and interactive media.

Comprising members from all disciplines in the industry, the org is intended to serve as a bridge between the Hollywood and British production and entertainment business communities.

BAFTA/LA holds several major events throughout awards season, including the Television Tea Party in August, the Britannia Awards in November and the Awards Season Tea Party in January, which takes place during Oscar balloting.

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