U.K. Film Council appoints head of diversity

Mary FitzPatrick joins from the BBC

LONDON – Former BBC and Channel 4 executive Mary FitzPatrick has joined the U.K. Film Council as the organization's head of diversity.

FitzPatrick will be tasked with building "a more diverse and inclusive workforce and culture, promoting a range of initiatives which encourage more people to participate in and enjoy film," the Council said Tuesday.

FitzPatrick takes up her duties in May this year and reports directly to Council CEO John Woodward

"She [FitzPatrick] will lead on practical initiatives with filmmakers to help the industry become more diverse," Woodward said.

Added FitzPatrick: "I look forward to working with John Woodward and his team to ensure that, through continuing to develop and support a broad range of new voices, cinema audiences will experience and connect with a wide variety of exciting films."

FitzPatrick joins from the BBC where she worked with commissioners, in-house producers, and independent suppliers to champion diversity and find practical ways to support creative thinking, casting and recruitment in BBC Vision.
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