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A-Team Producer Iain Smith to Chair the British Film Commission

Date posted: 31.03.2011

Film London today announced details of the British Film Commission (BFC), which will be responsible for promoting the UK as the best place to produce feature films as of 1 April 2011. As the team transfers to Film London from the UK Film Council, producer Iain Smith is revealed as the Chair of the BFC's Advisory Board.

Minister for the Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey said: "With the appointment of Iain Smith Film London have set out a strong future for the British Film Commission" and that it would "remain one of the key pillars of a successful British film industry, bringing in vital inward investment."

David Parfitt, Chair of Film London and Producer of films such as My Week with Marilyn, Shakespeare in Love, also spoke highly of Smith saying, "Iain has over 40 years of experience working both here and in the US...I am confident that with his skills, contacts, and expertise we can continue to ensure the UK remains one of the most popular filming destinations in the world."

Under the management of Film London and its Advisory Board, the BFC will set the strategy, policy, and delivery objectives to bring vital investment to the UK through feature film production. The BFC will be delivered through a public/private partnership with key film industry bodies including Pinewood Studios Group, UK Screen Association, and the Production Guild.

The existing team, including Colin Brown as Commissioner, are transferring to Film London, retaining bases and valuable expertise both in the UK and US. There will be a seamless transition and continuity of service. The BFC will form strong links with the national agencies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to successfully promote the whole UK package.

Initially joining Iain Smith on the Advisory Board are representatives from Warner Bros., the National Screen Agencies for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, BFI Director, Amanda Nevill, PACT CEO John McVay and Creative England Chair John Newbigin, alongside the Film London Chair David Parfitt.

2010 was a record year for inward investment features shooting in the UK, generating almost £1bn, up 15% on the previous year. Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London said: "We aim to build on the current record levels of inward investment and with the existing team, a brilliantly qualified Chair and Advisory Board, we are in a fantastic position to maximise the potential within the UK."

To contact the British Film Commission email office@britishfilmcommission.org.uk or call 020 7613 7675.

Read the full press release.

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