Five new members join BFI Board of Governors
The BFI has revealed that five new members will join its Board of Governors. The appointees are: writer, producer and director Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Shaun of the Dead); producer and co-founder of Number 9 Films Elizabeth Karlsen (Carol, Made in Dagenham, Little Voice); Scott Stuber, Head of Global Film at Netflix; Laura Miele, Executive Vice-President and COO of Electronic Arts; and Monica Chadha, board advisor and consultant with over 25 years’ experience in the creative industries. Each Board member serves a term of four years and starts in May 2022. BFI Chairman Tim Richards worked closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) during the recruitment process.
“I am honoured to be welcoming five new incredibly talented industry professionals to the BFI Board of Governors,” states Tim. “These highly respected leaders will be joining a world-class Board that is a testament to the BFI and its vision under CEO Ben Roberts’ direction. Their knowledge and experience across film, television, games, technology and business combined with that of our existing governors, will be invaluable to the BFI and the industry as a whole. I very much look forward to welcoming them to the BFI and working together.”
Laura is a seasoned technology and media executive with over 25 years of leadership in development, marketing, commercial, and data and analytics in the operation and strategic guidance of interactive entertainment and is responsible for EA’s worldwide operational effectiveness and acceleration of long-term growth. She is passionate about increasing the number of opportunities for women and underrepresented talent, leading EA’s efforts to advance representation across the company and its games. Laura founded the EA Women’s Ultimate Team Employee Resource Group to promote gender diversity and equality inside and outside the organisation and an inclusion framework as part of the game development process leading to EA SPORTS FIFA 16 being the first AAA sports title to integrate female players- four years before it became the industry standard.
Monica advises a number of organisations, including: the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC); British Association for Screen Entertainment (BASE); Digital Entertainment Group International (DEGI); and serves on the CMI President’s Advisory Council; the Bias in AI Research Group at Durham University; and the All Party Parliamentary Group for AI. She has held a range of positions within the industry, including: CEO of MyMovies.Net Ltd, Vice Chair of Queen Mary University of London and Chair of Remuneration, and Founder and Co-Chair of the Deloitte Higher Education Cyber Security Group.
Elizabeth is an internationally renowned, award-winning producer. She co-founded the leading independent UK-based production company Number 9 Films in 2002 with partner Stephen Woolley, garnering 52 BAFTA nominations and wins as well as 20 Academy Award® nominations and wins. In February 2019, Elizabeth and Stephen jointly received the highly prestigious and coveted BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.
She has produced some of the most celebrated independent films in the US and Europe including: Todd Haynes’s Carol (nominated for 6 Academy Awards®, 6 Golden Globe Awards and 9 BAFTA Awards) Mark Herman’s Little Voice (winner of a Golden Globe Award, nominated for 1 Academy Award®, 6 Golden Globe Awards and 6 BAFTA Awards) Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game (winner of an Academy Award®, a BAFTA Award and nominated for 6 Academy Awards®), Made In Dagenham (nominated for 3 BAFTA Awards) and Phyllis Nagy’s Mrs Harris (nominated for 12 Emmy® Awards, 3 Golden Globe Awards and a PGA Award) and Wash Westmoreland’s Colette (Nominated for 4 BIFA’s and an Independent Spirit Award), On Chesil Beach, written by Ian McEwan and directed by Dominic Cooke and Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth (nominated for 1 Academy Award® and winner of 3 European Film Awards).
Scott is the Head of Global Films where he oversees the development, production and acquisition of the Netflix film slate. Recent hits under Scott’s supervision include: AcademyAward® and BAFTA winning The Power of the Dog, Academy Award® nominee Don’t Look Up, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Academy Award® winner Marriage Story, Red Notice, The Adam Project, and three-time Academy Award® winner ROMA.
A former Vice Chairman of worldwide production at Universal Studios, he was responsible for films including A Beautiful Mind, 8 Mile, Meet the Parents and its follow-up films, plus both the Bourne and Fast and the Furious franchises. Scott is on the board and active with a variety of organisations, including the National Film Preservation Foundation, Charlotte + Gwenyth Gray Foundation, Baby2Baby and Chrysalis.
Edgar first gained worldwide recognition for his Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End, each made with actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as well as producer Nira Park, all frequent collaborators. He worked with the same team while directing the late-1990s/early-2000s television series Spaced.
“I’m honoured to have been asked to serve as a BFI Governor,” added Edgar. “It’s very close to home for me, as not only do I share the BFI’s comprehensive passion for film, television and other visual arts, but I am a regular paying customer at their glorious Cinematheque, the BFI Southbank, which is truly one of the greatest cinemas on the planet and a reminder to anyone who sits inside what a moving and inspiring communal experience film can be.”
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