David Puttnam Named Life President of U.K.'s National Film and TV School

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The school has also opened two new facilities as part of a $26 million development.

The U.K.'s National Film and Television School officially opened two new facilities on Friday, while at the same time announcing David Puttnam as its new life president. Puttnam takes over from the late Richard Attenborough

The new buildings — the Channel 4 Rose Building and Sky Studios at the NFTS — are part of a £20 million ($26 million) development of the school, comprising a 4K digital content studio and two teaching buildings covering more than 20,000 square feet in total. 

"The NFTS is one of the world’s leading film schools, and these new facilities will ensure it continues to provide an unrivalled film education to students from all around the world, as well as maintaining the U.K.'s justified reputation for filmmaking," Ed Vaizey, the former minister for digital and culture, said at the opening. 

Added Puttnam, the famed producer behind such film classics as Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express and The Killing Fields: "I’m delighted to accept the presidency of an organization with which I’ve been deeply engaged from the very start. The NFTS is one of our genuinely world-class creative sector organizations, and I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of Lord Attenborough as the school’s president."