Skillset taps Marmot for Future


LONDON -- U.K. training body Skillset said Monday it has appointed British producer Janine Marmot as its new director of film to oversee A Bigger Future, the U.K. film-skills strategy that is now entering its third year.

The five-year project is a joint venture between Skillset and the U.K. Film Council, which has launched a series of academies and mentoring initiatives to help build film expertise here and support training for a future film workforce.

Marmot, the indie producer behind Hot Property Films, has produced several features, including the critically acclaimed feature film and Web site "Bodysong," which won a British Independent Film best-feature documentary award and a BAFTA award for its Web site.

"Over the last three years, A Bigger Future has introduced a slate of projects to support individuals and companies across the industry," said "Children of Men" producer Iain Smith, chair of the film skills strategy committee.

"It has gone from strength to strength and will continue to do so now that Janine is on board. She brings with her experience and renewed enthusiasm with which to drive the strategy forward to even greater future successes," he added.