London, June 4 (IANS) Film and TV producer Pippa Harris has been named the new chairperson of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta).
Harris will succeed Jane Lush, who will continue at the organisation as deputy chairperson, reports variety.com.
She has herself been deputy chairperson for a year and headed Bafta’s film committee since 2015. She is expected to serve a two-year term as chairperson.
Harris was in charge of the Bafta task force that looked at harassment and bullying in the business. It helped pave the way for new industry guidelines unveiled earlier this year.
She has been a long time supporter of greater diversity and the need for gender parity in senior production roles.
“The last year has been a difficult and turbulent time for many in our industry, and I want to pay tribute to the calm, determined leadership that Jane has shown,” Harris said.
“Now more than ever, it’s vital that we continue to expand our outreach initiatives, scholarship programme and talent-development schemes in order to ensure that those entering the industry are encouraged and supported regardless of their background, race or gender,” she added.