BFI’s Wootton to helm Film London

New body to rep U.K. film and media biz

LONDON — Adrian Wootton has been named as the first chief exec of Film London, the new body charged with representing and developing the film and media industry in the U.K. capital.

A former head of the London Film Festival, Wootton has been serving as acting director of the British Film Institute since last summer. The appointment of Amanda Nevill as BFI director on a permanent basis triggered his decision to move on.

Wootton, commented, “Film London will be an organization about partnership, adding value to and coordinating film activities in London.”

Film London chairman Sandy Lieberson said, “Adrian’s appointment as chief executive will result in establishing Film London as a dynamic organization which will take the lead in making London the most film friendly city in Europe.”

Film London has also announced its first board members. They are Claire Binns, director of arthouse exhib City Screen; Mark Boothe of specialist marketing agency B3; Will Clarke of distrib Optimum Releasing; Tony Elliot, chairman of Time Out magazine; David Martin, chief exec of the Production Guild of Great Britain; and veteran producer Jeremy Thomas.

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