Sophie Turner Laing named BAFTA vp

BSkyB exec becomes vp for television

LONDON -- Sophie Turner Laing, currently managing director of entertainment, news & broadcast operations at British satcaster BSkyB, has taken on the role of vice president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Laing takes up the position from former ITV executive chairman Michael Grade as BAFTA's vice president for television.

She will work alongside vice president for film Duncan Kenworthy.

Tuner Laing has been a BAFTA member since 2001, the organization said.

BAFTA chairman Tim Corrie said: "She [Turner Laing] has been a staunch member of the board of trustees and I am sure she will bring the same energy and intellect to this new role."

She will continue in her role at Sky.