The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have announced that Jane Lush is to become their Chair. Lush will succeed Anne Morrison.
“It’s a huge honour to become Chair of BAFTA, succeeding Anne Morrison who has taken the Academy from strength to strength. It’s exciting to build on all of those achievements, ensuring BAFTA stays ahead of the curve by continually enhancing our gold standard award ceremonies and attracting the brightest and the best to our membership, while expanding diversity across all our activity. I would also hope to extend our reach to younger up-and-coming talent through our excellent year-round programme of events. And I’m particularly looking forward to working with BAFTA’s brilliant staff.” – Jane Lush
Jane has been Deputy Chair for the past year and her tenure as Chair will run for the next two years. Anne will be Deputy Chair for one year. Lush has been closely involved with BAFTA for a decade and joined the Board of Trustees as Deputy Chair of the Television Committee in 2010.
Jane was a factual programme-maker at the BBC, eventually becoming Controller of Daytime and transforming it into the market leader with many breakthrough shows such as Weakest Link and the soap opera Doctors.
As the BBC’s Controller of Entertainment and Comedy, she was responsible for a budget of £200m, commissioning a range of multi-BAFTA-winning series including Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice, The Catherine Tate show and Dragons’ Den to name a few. She was part of the BBC Television Board, shaping its channel strategy, managing talent and revitalising programming. Since leaving the BBC, she has been working in the independent sector and is currently running Kalooki Pictures and co-producing with Hat Trick Productions.
Jane was the founding Chair of the BBC’s Performing Arts Fund charity, which has awarded around £5m to young aspiring musicians through scholarships, mentoring projects and giving musical instruments to hundreds of children, one of whom was the international pop star Adele.
Alongside its awards recognising excellence in film, television and games, BAFTA offers a wide range of initiatives that help ensure talented people get the recognition and support to achieve their potential, regardless of their background. BAFTA Guru, the online learning site, is one way people can hear directly from the experts and learn more about a particular craft or career, or just to get inspiration. People can attend any one of hundreds of BAFTA events across the UK, USA and Asia, apply for a BAFTA scholarship or be part of a mentoring scheme or talent development initiative.