Pippa Cross made UKFC board member

Independent producer behind 'Shooting Dogs'

LONDON -- Indie film and TV producer Pippa Cross, producer of "Shooting Dogs" and the forthcoming "Heartless," has been appointed to the U.K. Film Council's board of directors for four years, Minister for Culture Barbara Follett said Friday.

Cross has been active in the U.K. film industry as a financier, executive producer, producer and mentor for nearly 20 years.

Since 2002 she has been a director of CrossDay Prods., an independent film and TV production shingle whose credits include Rwandan genocide film "Shooting Dogs," directed by Michael Caton-Jones, and the upcoming "Heartless" from British director Philip Ridley.

Commenting on Cross's appointment, Stewart Till CBE, chairman of the U.K. Film Council said: "She has a wealth of experience in the film industry and as a Screen South Board member, she is well equipped to serve both the U.K. Film Council and represent the voice of the regions. I am confident that she will do a fantastic job in fulfilling this role."