Morris remains at BAFTA helm


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles on Thursday re-elected Peter Morris to a third term as chairman.

In its 21st year, the nonprofit organization also announced its board of directors for 2008.

The board's new executive committee consists of deputy chair David Ginsburg, secretary Norma Acland and treasurer Ian Wrigley. Board members elected for a two-year term include Clare Baren, Katherine Haber, Ian Jessel, Belinda Menendez, Rebecca Segal, Julia Verdin and Brian Walton. Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of "American Idol" and a judge on "So You Think You Can Dance," also will serve.

Returning members include Ian Abercrombie, Gary Dartnall, Gabrielle Kelly, Rolf Mittweg, Alexander Rufus-Isaacs and Pam Wilson. Donald Haber will continue as executive director and COO.

"It's a very exciting time," Morris said. "We have a great new group of people on the board that reflect the incredible influence the Brits have over here as well as in Britain."

Morris said the organization plans to continue to grow its education and outreach programs this year and hand out an increasing number of scholarships to those aspiring to succeed in the entertainment industry.

BAFTA/LA was founded in California in 1987 to support original work in film, television and interactive media while serving as a link between the U.S. and U.K. entertainment communities.

The organization conducts numerous outreach programs between the entertainment industry and the Los Angeles community and hosts a series of networking events, including the annual BAFTA/LA Cunard Britannia Awards and the BAFTA Film Awards Brunch.