U.K. agent, producer to give views on biz
U.K. agent and TV producer Peter Bennett-Jones is set to deliver the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ annual Television Lecture on Sept. 19.He will address the state of creativity in the U.K. industry and what the future holds for the biz. Bennett-Jones was managing director of TalkBack Prods. from 1982-86. In 1988, he formed PBJ Management to nurture comedic talent, including Rowan Atkinson, Armando Iannucci and Eddie Izzard. The same year, he founded Tiger Television, whose credits included “Mr. Bean” and “Billy Elliot.” It later became Tiger Aspect, which he left earlier this year. He received the BAFTA Special Award in May. Amanda Berry, BAFTA chief exec, said, “Peter has nurtured and championed some of the most distinctive and compelling talent to have graced British television screens. “Creativity and innovation are more important today than ever, so who better (than Peter) to share his views on how the industry can foster and champion creative excellence?” BAFTA also announced the lineup for its Screenwriters’ Lecture Series, which it co-hosts with the British Film Institute next month. Speakers will include William Nicholson (“Gladiator”), Moira Buffini (“Jane Eyre”), John Logan (“The Aviator”), Guillermo Arriaga (“Babel”), Frank Cottrell Boyce (“Hilary and Jackie”), Paul Laverty (“The Wind That Shakes the Barley”) and Charlie Kaufman (“Being John Malkovich”).