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Patrick McKenna Made Chairman of U.K.’s National Film and Television School

Ingenious chief exec will help steer $20 million of fundraising to the school's Digital Village

Patrick McKenna, the chief exec of U.K. media investment and advisory group Ingenious Media, has been tapped as the chairman of the National Film and Television School.

The financier, who has invested coin into “Avatar,” “Life of Pi,” “Trance,” “127 Hours,” “X-Men: First Class” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” will help steer £13 million ($20 million) of fundraising for the second phase of the schools Digital Village.

Ingenious has raised and invested more than $12.4 billion into Blighty’s creative industries since 1998 and, in addition to financing pics, it also invests in U.K.-made TV production and formats with international appeal, such as drama series “Doc Martin,” “Foyle’s War” and BBC Two crime thriller series “The Fall.”

NFTS is one of the leading film and television schools in the world. Student pics have been nominated for more than 25 Oscars and Baftas in its 40-year history and has won seven.

Courses are taught by leading industry professionals such as Stephen Frears (chair of directing), Brian Tufano (head of cinematography) and Dean Humphries (head of post editing and editing sound design).

McKenna and Ingenious have been involved with the NFTS for many years as a guest speaker, funder and supporter of the school’s work and co-sponsor of its 2013 gala and contributor to new course ‘Entrepreneurial Producing for the Creative Industries.’

“The NFTS has built a worldwide reputation for delivering excellent film and TV education and is fortunate in being able to attract some of the world’s best creative talent onto its teaching programs,” said McKenna. “The NFTS has both the expertise and the track record to ensure that Britain remains one of the best places to conceive and produce media content.”

NFTS director Nik Powell said: “It’s brilliant to have such a major figure in our business as Patrick as our new chairman. I very much look forward to working with him to complete phase two of the NFTS Digital Village project and ensuring that the NFTS remains one of the top film schools in the world.”

McKenna succeeds Simon Shaps, who stepped down at the end of his term and recently became m.d. of international content and production at CORE Media Group.

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