Murdoch, Egan join U.K. Film Council board


LONDON -- The U.K. Film Council has appointed Elisabeth Murdoch and Gail Egan to its board, the government backed organization said Wednesday.

Murdoch, chairman and CEO of U.K. indie production company Shine Group joins the board alongside independent producer Gail Egan after the exit of members following the end of their four-year stints on it.

Independent producers Alison Owen, Marc Samuelson and Iain Smith and director Gurinder Chadha have all stepped down from the board after four years.

A Council spokesperson said the organization expects to appoint two more people to the board in the coming weeks.

U.K. Film Council chairman Stewart Till CBE said: "Our aim has always been to have the highest caliber of board members and that maxim is very much behind the appointment of these two producers with enviable track records."

Egan formed independent production company Potboiler Productions with Simon Channing Williams in 2000 and has produced or executive produced eleven films including Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky."

Murdoch oversees U.K. indie production house Shine, which includes labels Kudos, Princess Productions and Firefly.

Recently, Murdoch oversaw the addition of U.S. production and distribution company Reveille.