James Bond Boss Barbara Broccoli Lands Top BAFTA Role
BAFTA chair Anne Morrison announced the news in a statement to the BBC on Monday, writing, “I am delighted that Barbara Broccoli, one of the most illustrious and respected people in the contemporary film industry, will be joining BAFTA as our vice president for film.” “With her connections on both sides of the Atlantic, Barbara is well placed to be a brilliant ambassador for BAFTA and I know we’ll benefit hugely from her experience and wisdom over the next few years.” Broccoli will join former BBC director general Greg Dyke, who was recently appointed the organization’s vice president for television. Prince William has been president of BAFTA since 2010. BAFTA’s previous vice presidents for film have included Lord Puttnam and Duncan Kenworthy. Broccoli, who was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2008, is also a patron of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund and she sits on the board of governors for BAFTA Los Angeles. She’s also an honorary fellow of the National Film and Television School and an honorary member of Women in Film and Television UK. The movie mogul, who is the daughter of Bond movie creator Albert R. ‘Cubby’ Broccoli, took over her father’s Eon Productions company in 1995. Her producer credits include all the Bond films from The Living Daylights to last year’s Spectre, The Silent Storm, Radiator, and the documentaries Stolen Childhoods and I Used to Be in Pictures.