Tim Corrie named BAFTA chairman

Film, TV agent becomes Academy's 40th chairman

LONDON -- Uber agent Tim Corrie has been appointed the chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the organization said Friday.

Corrie takes up the reins from David Parfitt, whose two-year tenure as chair comes to an end. Parfitt will remain as deputy chair for a further year.

Corrie will be the 40th chairman of the British Academy in its 63-year history, having served as deputy chairman for a year.

"As the first agent working in the arena of film and television production to assume this role, I trust that some negotiating skills will stand me in good stead as I succeed David Parfitt, a great exponent of the Academy over the past two years," Corrie said.

Corrie started his career at Paramount Pictures before joining the agency Fraser and Dunlop Scripts in the 1970s here. He worked for the company -- which became PFD -- for more than 30 years and held the role of co-chairman. In 2007, along with 80 other agents, Corrie left to establish United Agents, where he continues to rep a large roster of clients.