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Film London CEO awarded OBE in Queen's Birthday Honours list

Date posted: 19.06.2017

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London, has been awarded an OBE for his services to film.

Wootton heads Film London, the charitable organisation responsible for attracting major film and TV productions to the capital and championing the city's talent, infrastructure and expertise. The city's screen industries - film, TV, VFX, animation and games - generate billions for the UK economy and support thousands of jobs, and research shows that Film London's activity generated some £225m in additional revenue in 2016 while supporting over 1,500 jobs. Wootton has had a life-long career in the film industry, covering exhibition, programming, curation, festival management and lecturing.

"I'm completely surprised and totally delighted to receive this honour," said Wootton. "Film has been my lifelong passion, and I feel incredibly lucky to have carved out a career in such a marvellous, inspirational, creative industry. Along the way I've had the good fortune to be supported by my wife Karen, daughter Beth, parents, family and friends. I've also learnt from a wide range of educators, mentors and professional peers who've had a profound impact on my career. From my schooldays at Netherstowe School in Lichfield to my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at UEA, to my first paid programming job at the Bradford Playhouse, my subsequent role as founding director of Nottingham's Broadway Media Centre and then to the BFI I owe a huge debt of thanks to those who've helped, guided and supported me on my journey. I'm also extremely grateful to my colleagues at Film London, whose work, expertise and determination help ensure our city remains one of the world's top destinations for the global film and TV industries - this award, if anything, is a tribute to all of them."

Adrian has served as the Chief Executive of Film London since 2003 and headed the British Film Commission - the unit responsible for promoting the UK as the best place to produce feature films and high-end TV - since 2011.

Prior to this, he was Acting Director of the British Film Institute (BFI), and had been the Director of the London Film Festival (LFF) and the National Film Theatre (NFT), the Head of BFI Exhibition and the Director of the crime and mystery film festival, Crime Scene.

Before his work with the BFI, Adrian was founding Director of the Broadway Media Centre in Nottingham, Director of Nottingham's Shots in the Dark Festival and Director of the Bradford Playhouse and Film Theatre.

Adrian is also a member of the Mayor of London's Cultural Strategy Board, the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA), the European Film Academy (EFA), the British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC), and a Board member of Creative Skillset's Crafts & Technical Skills Academy.

He has co-produced and co-written the BBC Arena documentaries Dickens On Film (2012) and All The World's A Screen (2016), and is a Programme Advisor to the BFI London Film Festival, Venice Film Festival and Noir in Fest, Milan.

In 2012, Adrian received an Honorary Doctorate in the Arts and was appointed Visiting Professor of Film & Media and Norwich University of the Arts. In 2014 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from The University of East Anglia, Norwich.


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Notes to Editors

About Film London

Film London is the capital's screen industries agency. We connect ideas, talent and finance to develop a pioneering creative culture in the city that delivers success in film, television, animation, games and beyond. We work to sustain, promote and develop London as a global content production hub, support the development of the city's new and emerging filmmaking talent and invest in a diverse and rich film culture. Funded by the Mayor of London and the National Lottery through the BFI, we also receive support from Arts Council England, Creative Skillset and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Film London's activities include:

  • Maintaining, strengthening and promoting London's position as world-class city to attract investment through film, television, animation and games
  • Investing in local talent through a range of specialised production and training schemes
  • Boosting employment and competitiveness in the capital's screen industries by delivering internationally facing business development events
  • Maximising access to the capital's film culture by helping audiences discover film in all its diversity
  • Promoting London through screen tourism

Film London also manages the British Film Commission ( through a public/private partnership which is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the BFI, and the Department for International Trade.

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