Matthew Wiseman Named Chief Operating Officer of BAFTA L.A.

Matthew Wiseman - H 2015
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Matthew Wiseman - H 2015

The London native will report to Chantal Rickards in his new post.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles has named Matthew Wiseman chief operating officer.

The appointment is effective immediately. Wiseman will report to chief executive officer Chantal Rickards, who joined the organization in February in a newly created role. Wiseman's appointment is Rickards' first staffing change since she joined BAFTA L.A.

“Matthew’s vision and talent has been integral to the growth and success of BAFTA Los Angeles for many years,” said Kieran Breen, chairman of BAFTA L.A. “I am delighted that in his new role as chief operating officer, BAFTA Los Angeles will benefit from his extensive and proven abilities as we continue to grow BAFTA’s activities here in L.A.”

Wiseman added: “It is a privilege to step into this role, and I am humbled and honored by the opportunity. I have had the pleasure of working with the BAFTA team for over 13 years, and share the academy’s deep commitment to supporting creative British talents in Film, TV and games around the world.”

As he mentioned in his statement, Wiseman, who hails from London, has worked for BAFTA L.A. since 2002 in numerous roles, most recently as director of operations. Wiseman’s achievements to date include the expansion of the org’s screening and events program, launching educational initiatives for emerging talents (including the Brits to Watch program) and developing the BAFTA U.S. Student Film Awards and BAFTA Britannia Awards into tentpole events.