A list of the Board of Governors, as at January 2013
|Lord Attenborough, CBE|
|Stephen Louis||Enable Partners|
|Peter Barron||Google UK|
|Floella Benjamin, OBE||Floella Benjamin Productions|
Actress, broadcaster and independent producer. Author of over 20 books and has appeared on British television for over thirty years. She is best known for her appearances in Playschool andPlayaway. Her production company has made a wide range of award winning programmes which have been shown world wide. Coming to England, a film for the BBC, adapted from her book, won a Royal Television Society Award and nominated for a CRE RIMA Award.
Floella was Chairman of BAFTA-Television, she created the BAFTA Children's Film & Television Awards and in 2001 was awarded the OBE, for Services to Broadcasting. In 2004 she received the BAFTA Special Lifetime Award and 2005 an Honorary Doctorate at Exeter University for her influence on British society. She also received the IVCA Clarion CSR Champion Award and the GG2 Lifetime Achievement Leadership & Diversity Award.
She is an OFCOM Content Board Member, a Millennium Commissioner, President of the Elizabeth R Commonwealth Broadcasting Fund and Governor of the National Film & Television School and Dulwich College.
She was appointed a Life Peer in the 2010 Dissolution Honours List.
|Duncan Kenworthy, OBE||Toledo Productions|
With a First in English from Cambridge, and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania, Duncan Kenworthy worked on Sesame Street for six years - and then for Jim Henson Productions for fifteen years - before he produced his first film. At Henson's he was associate producer of The Dark Crystal, co-creator and producer of Fraggle Rock, and producer of Jim Henson's Storyteller, Greek Myths and Gulliver's Travels.
His credits as producer include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Lawn Dogs, Notting Hill, The Parole Officer and Love, Actually. From 2004-2006 he served as Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, chaired the British Council's Film Advisory Committee and sat on the board of the UK Film Council. He has won three BAFTA Awards and one Emmy, as well as receiving an Oscar and three Golden Globe nominations. He was made an OBE in 1999 for services to film.
In June 2009, Kenworthy donated $1million to the School towards the cost of the new teaching building, which at his request has been named after the veteran British cinematographer Oswald Morris.
|Steve Mertz||Warner Bros|
|Simon Relph, CBE||Skreba Creon Films Ltd|
Simon Relph is an independent film producer. After graduating from King's College Cambridge, he became an Assistant Director until 1974 when he was appointed Technical Administrator of the National Theatre. For four years he supervised the move from the Old Vic into the new National Theatre, ending his time there as Production Administrator. In 1978 he returned to films, serving as Production Supervisor for John Schlesinger's Yanks and as Executive Producer of Warren Beatty's epic drama Reds. In 1981 he became an independent producer and over the next five years, made seven films - The Return of the Soldier, Privates on Parade,The Ploughman's Lunch, Laughterhouse, Secret Places, Wetherby and Comrades. From 1985 to 1990 he was the founding Chief Executive of British Screen Finance Limited. In that role, he co-financed 57 films. He returned to independent production in 1991 as Executive Producer onEnchanted April, he Co-produced Damage and produced The Secret Rapture. He producedCamilla, Look Me In The Eye, Blue Juice and The Slab Boys. He produced The Land Girls, directed by David Leland and was Executive Producer of Hideous Kinky, directed by NFTS graduate Gillies Mackinnon. He is currently developing a film of Sebastian Faulks' novelBirdsong with Working Title and setting up a new venture with Michael Kuhn at Qwerty to produce a slate of ten low budget British feature films.
He has served as Chairman of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts of which he is now a Trustee, on the British Screen Advisory Council, the Executive Council of Pact, the Council of Royal College of Art and as a Governor of the British Film Institute. He is on the board of the South-West Screen and the Bristol Old Vic. He is the author of The Relph Report on low budget film production.
|David Sproxton, CBE||Aardman|
David is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman. Together with co-founder Peter Lord, he has overseen the development of the company from a two-man partnership to one of the pre-eminent animation houses in the industry. David has served as a producer, director or cinematographer on a number of animated projects at Aardman.
Sproxton and Lord met at Woking Grammar School for Boys, and in 1970 made their first animated film using David's Bolex camera. It was a crude piece using cutouts and chalk drawings yet showed enough talent for a BBC Children's Television producer to offer the pair a chance to make short animated films for his programme Vision On.
After graduating from Durham University, David decided to pursue filmmaking full-time. In 1972, Sproxton and Lord formed Aardman and in 1976, moved to their permanent home in Bristol, England. Their first professional creation was the character Morph, who went on to star in the BBC series The Amazing Adventures of Morph.
During this period, the duo made two short animated films, Down and Out and Confessions of a Foyer Girl, to which they applied the groundbreaking technique of using recorded conversations of real people as the basis for the script. Later, five more films called Conversation Pieces, using the same "vox pop" technique, were commissioned by Channel 4. "Vox pop" was also utilized in Aardman's Lip Synch series for Channel 4 which included Nick Park's Oscar -winning short Creature Comforts.
In addition to Nick, the studio is known for discovering and nurturing new filmmakers. These include Steve Box who won a BAFTA Award for his direction of Stage Fright and co-directed The Curse of the Wererabbit with Nick Park; the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning Peter Peake the director of HumDrum and many commercials. Also, Richard Goleszowski who directed the Rex the Runt series for BBC 2 and the Creature Comforts series for ITV; Darren Walsh (Angry Kid) and Stefan Marjoram (BBC3 Blobs and Presentators for Nickleodeon).
David co-produced Aardman's first feature film Chicken Run, made in association with DreamWorks, which was released in June 2000. This work continues with the Wallace and Gromit feature The Curse of the Wererabbit, the CGI feature Flushed Away and the continuing development of further feature ideas. He is also involved in the many TV projects the studio is developing including Angry Kid, Shaun the Sheep and Chop Socky Chooks.
|Sophie Turner-Laing||Sky Networks|
Responsible for all output for 11 Premium film channels, 51 Pay Per View Channels, Adult channel portfolio, Artsworld and acquisitions for all channels that form Sky Networks (ie Sky Movies, Sky Box Office, Sky 1, Sky One Mix, Sky Music, Sky Travel, Sky Bet) which include:
Acquisition of all programmes for Sky Networks channels including management and negotiation of output deals with the US Studios
Sophie is a member of the editorial board for Sky Customer Magazine, a governor of the National Film and Television School and a director of Bafta Management Limited.
|Sue Vertue||Hartswood Films|
|Piers Wenger||Channel 4|
|Colin Young, CBE|