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Tim Richard, the founder and CEO of European cinema giant Vue, has been named chair of the British Film Institute.
Richards — who was appointed by U.K. culture secretary Oliver Dowden — will take over from current interim chair and BFI governor Pat Butler from Feb. 16 and will reportedly serve a three-year term.
Prior to Butler, who took the temporary reins in November, the post was held by former Warner Bros. U.K., Ireland and Spain boss Josh Berger, who announced he was stepping down in summer 2020, having sat on the BFI board since 2011.
In leaving last year, Berger said it had been a “very great privilege” to be part of the BFI for the past decade, and said that — in the current world — the BFI was more important than ever.
“The BFI is a champion of British film, is the guardian of the nation’s film and television heritage and has put diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything it does — and is driving this across our industry,” he said. “During this pandemic, film culture has proved itself more important than ever to our lives. The leadership role played by the BFI has never been more crucial as the industry seeks to recover following the impact of COVID-19. During this challenging period the BFI has led the industry, working with government and with key partners, to lay the foundations for film production and exhibition to start safely once again and continue to drive the UK’s economic growth.”
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