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Film London CEO Receives Honourary Doctorate

Date posted: 09.04.2014

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of East Anglia (UEA) at a ceremony at London's Barbican.

"I am delighted to be receiving this honorary doctorate," says Wootton. "My time at UEA as an undergraduate and postgraduate had a hugely profound effect on my formative future career and my life as I have been lucky to have made lifetime relationships (my wife especially!), friendships with fellow students and lecturers and retained a professional relationship with the university."

"Since 1986, Adrian Wootton is an alumnus whose career UEA - and particularly the School of Film, Television and Media Studies - has followed with no small degree of pride," says Dr Keith M. Johnston, Senior Lecturer at University of East Anglia's School of Film, Television and Media Studies.

Wootton's studies at UEA gave him a foundation on which to grow and develop his career in the film industry. From programming and running arts cinemas in Nottingham and Bradford, Adrian moved to London's National Film Theatre (now known as BFI Southbank), where he became the BFI's Head of Exhibition. Later he was Director of the BFI London Film Festival, and also Acting Director of the BFI.

In 2004 Wootton went onto to launch Film London, which will celebrate its 10th Anniversary next month. Over the last 10 years the agency has successfully increased filming in the capital, as well as worked to support the next generation of film-making talent and encourage a rich film culture across the whole of the capital. 

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