Brabourne leaves legacy for youth

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LONDON -- An all-new awards program in memory of producer John Brabourne has been created here with the aim of helping "disadvantaged young people to enter the film and television arena," organizers said Tuesday.

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund launched the new awards Tuesday with backing from a host of leading industry figures including David Puttman and reps from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sony and Buena Vista International.

One of the U.K.'s most prolific film producers, Brabourne's credits include "Murder on the Orient Express," "Death on the Nile" and "A Passage to India." He died in 2005.

"The difficulties young people face trying to get into the industry was a huge concern of John's," Puttnam, vice patron of the CTBF, said at the launch.

The awards pool has received financial backing from companies such as ITV and Kodak and in its inaugural year will give out £25,000-£30,000 ($49,729-$59,675) in assistance, the CTBF said.

Throughout his career, Brabourne, a knight of the realm, championed the need to support young people and was very active in creating initiatives to help young talent get a foot in the door.

The CTBF is the trade charity of the British film, cinema and commercial television industries.
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