BAFTA names former Sky Studios exec Jane Millichip as new CEO

BAFTA has unveiled its new upcoming CEO as former Sky Studios exec Jane Millichip.

The org said Tuesday that Millichip, a respected media veteran, was selected by the board of trustees after “an extensive and hard-fought search.” She will take up the position in October. Millichip left Sky Studios earlier this year after nearly a decade at the Comcast-backed pay-TV operator. She was considered the sales manager and the driving force behind the company’s sustainability efforts.

Millichip replaces 25-year BAFTA veteran Amanda Berry, whose 2023 departure was announced by the academy in December. Her appointment comes at a pivotal time for BAFTA, which has restructured many of its awards and operations following a thorough diversity review and recently merged its New York and Los Angeles offices as part of an expansion in North America.

The executive most recently served as Chief Content Officer at Sky Studios and before that as Chief Commercial Officer. Millichip’s 25-year television career has spanned production, distribution and broadcasting, and she has extensive international experience, having overseen editorial and commercial activities in Sky’s European markets.

Previously, as Managing Director of Sky Vision, Millichip built and built Sky’s production portfolio and distribution business by acquiring and managing manufacturing companies in the UK and US

Millichip is also passionate about environmental sustainability, leading Sky Studios’ commitment to Planet Placement and Albert, the BAFTA-owned display industry organization for environmental sustainability. She is also a trustee of SEEd – a sustainability and environmental education charity.

Krishnendu Majumdar, Chairman of BAFTA, said: “This is the first time the CEO role has been available at BAFTA in over 20 years and I am thrilled that we have landed a real coup by finding Jane, one inspirational leader who shares BAFTA’s values ​​to make the display industry more accessible, inclusive and green.

“Jane brings a unique and impressive combination of commercial and creative experience at the highest level that will ensure BAFTA fulfills its charitable mission, maintains the gold standard of our awards and makes a positive impact on the film, games and television industries.” she said majumdar. “She is highly respected as a global television industry leader and is uniquely positioned to take BAFTA to new heights.”

Millichip added, “BAFTA is a world-renowned arts brand and charity; Entrusting your welfare to a new CEO is no small feat. I applaud Amanda Berry and Kevin Price for their long and impressive tenure, and I’m honored to have this opportunity to advance the organization in the next chapter of BAFTA history. Increasing the accessibility, inclusion and relevance of BAFTA’s learning initiative to beneficiaries, its members, the display industry and public audiences, and a focused growth strategy will enable BAFTA to continue to evolve and achieve its charitable goals for years to come. I have seen the passion and commitment of everyone involved in the organization and am thrilled to be part of such a brilliant team.”

Bal Samra, Chair of BAFTA’s Governance and Nominating Committee, added: “Jane is the ideal leader to advance and grow the work of BAFTA; celebrating the craft in film, games and television, nurturing talent, promoting inclusion and representation and being a voice for the screen industry. We look forward to seeing the organization thrive under her leadership.”

https://variety.com/2022/film/global/bafta-new-ceo-jane-millichip-1235319502/ BAFTA names former Sky Studios exec Jane Millichip as new CEO

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