LONDON — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has appointed Emma Baehr as its director of awards, a new role that oversees all five of BAFTA’s London-based ceremonies, including November’s British Academy Children’s Awards and next February’s EE British Academy Film Awards.
The role will be responsible for the ongoing development of BAFTA’s awards, ensuring output reaches a wide and diverse audience, increasing engagement with the film, television and games industries, and “identifying the strategic partnerships that will be essential to ensure the awards remain the gold standard,” BAFTA said. Baehr will report directly to BAFTA’s chief executive, Amanda Berry.
Baehr also joins Berry on BAFTA’s senior management team, whose members are Clare Brown, director of production; Gilly Burgess, director of finance; Tim Hunter, director of learning and events; Kevin Price, chief operating officer; and Julian Shaw, director of BAFTA 195 Piccadilly.
As part of the restructure, Jim Bradshaw, head of membership, also becomes acting head of film with responsibility for the EE British Academy Film Awards, and will be supported by awards officer Bradley Down.
Berry said: “The director of awards role is a key one for BAFTA. Emma will ensure the awards continue to be delivered to the very highest standard, maximizing the impact of the awards on our ever-growing international audiences, whilst helping to identify new business and revenue opportunities. This appointment will allow me to move away from day-to-day management of the awards and broaden my remit across the organization.”