Tim Bevan to chair U.K. Film Council

Replaces Stewart Till at the end of July

LONDON -- The U.K. Film Council is to be chaired by Working Title co-founder and co-chairman Tim Bevan, the U.K. government's culture secretary Ben Bradshaw said Monday.

Bevan will take the reins for four years from outgoing chair Stewart Till on July 30.

Bradshaw said the council will benefit from Bevan's experience as one of the "most successful producers" here.

"British film is enjoying great critical and commercial success, but at the same time everyone is facing the transition to a new digital era, the very real challenges of the credit crisis and the impact of online piracy," Bevan said. "We must adapt and consolidate to respond to those new realities, working with government, listening to our stakeholders and carrying out a comprehensive review of all our activities, both industrial and cultural. My first priority is to ensure that we have a U.K. Film Council that is right and ready for these challenging times."

Till has been chairman for five years and prior to that vice chair for four.
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