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‘House of Cards’ Writer Beau Willimon Joins BAFTA/BFI Lecture Series

LONDON — “House of Cards” executive producer Beau Willimon and Nancy Meyers, who was Oscar nominated for “Private Benjamin,” will be among the speakers in the latest series of lectures by leading screenwriters organized by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the British Film Institute.

Other screenwriters featured in the series are U.K. writers Nick Hornby, who was Oscar nominated for “An Education,” and Jimmy McGovern, who created “Cracker,” and Australia’s Andrew Bovell, whose credits include “A Most Wanted Man.” The lectures will run in London between Sept. 23 and Oct. 3.

Now in its sixth year, the series “exists to celebrate screenwriters’ authorial contribution to film, and gives esteemed writers a platform to share highlights and insights from their careers with an audience of film-lovers and their peers,” according to a statement.

Hornby, whose credits also include “Wild,” starts the season on Sept. 23. Bovell, whose credits include “Lantana,” takes to the stage on Sept. 25, followed by Meyers (“It’s Complicated”) on Sept. 26. McGovern (“Hillsborough,” “The Street”) will speak on Sept. 29, and Willimon (“The Ides of March”) delivers the final lecture in the series on Oct. 3.

This year’s season is programmed by screenwriter Jeremy Brock and producer Andrea Calderwood.

Brock, who originally conceived the series, said: “Each year, the Screenwriters’ Lecture Series brings the importance of the screenwriters’ role into sharp focus. Through their original ideas and adaptations, this season’s esteemed speakers have helped bring to the screen stories that have touched our hearts, cheered our souls, and made us think.”

Podcasts of all the lectures, including exclusive video content, will be available for free on BAFTA Guru, BAFTA’s online learning channel, and the BFI’s VOD service BFI Player, later in the year. Lectures from previous years of the series are available now at http://guru.bafta.org/craft/screenwriting and on http://player.bfi.org.uk/ (search for “screenwriters”).

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