David Parfitt Appointed Chairman of Film London

Tasked with establishing new national strategy for inward investment through film


LONDON -- Oscar-winning producer David Parfitt has been appointed chairman of Film London a day after the U.K. government said the organization will be charged with attracting inward investment in film to British shores.

Parfitt takes up the chairman reins from Sandy Lieberson, who has come to the end of his tenure after leading the agency since it launched in 2004.

A former BAFTA chairman and an independent producer for over 20 years, Parfitt's credits include Shakespeare in Love and My Week with Marilyn starring Michelle Williams which is currently in production in the capital.

FIlm London's board is also bolstered by the arrival of the BBC's Isabel Begg who replaces the outgoing Lisbeth Savill.

Currently BBC head of rights, business affairs and partnerships for BBC North and previously senior legal and business affairs manager in fiction at BBC Films, Begg's appointment provides heft to Film London's ambitions.

Parfitt said he looks forward "to helping establish a new national strategy for inward investment through film."

Lieberson noted he leaves a much bigger and more influential organization than when he joined.

"As an organization it has shown great imagination and innovation seen in successful initiatives such as Microwave, which has not only experienced excellent commercial and critical success but also inspired countless other micro-budget schemes both in the U.K. and around the world," Lieberson said.

Film London chief executive Adrian Wootton said: "To have new board members who are intimately concerned with contemporary British film-making provides us with the kind of expertise essential to Film London's future developments."