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HOLLYWOOD — Veteran British film exec Michael Ryan will be named chairman of AFMA on Sept. 23 at the annual membership meeting for the trade association of the independent film and television industry.

Ryan, who acted as a founding member of AFMA 23 years ago, is the first AFMA chairman from outside the U.S. He ran for the post unopposed.

Current chair Kathy Morgan is completing two successive two-year terms and is ineligible to run due to term limits.

Ryan is director at IAC Films & Television in London. He is exec producing “Elizabeth Rex,” starring Michael Gambon, and “Escape,” produced by Peter Davis and Bill Panzer.

Ryan began his career in the entertainment industry in 1969 with Television Intl. Enterprises. He joined ITC in 1972 as a program executive.

In 1978, Ryan left to set up J&M Film Entertainment with Julia Palau. J&M was involved in the production, financing and distribution of more than 120 features, including “The Running Man,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “‘The English Patient” and “‘The General.”

In addition to chairman, AFMA members will elect three executive committee members and its 20-member board of directors at the Sept. 23 annual meeting, held in both Los Angeles and London.