The British Screen Advisory Council
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The British Screen Advisory Council was established in 1985 to succeed the Interim Action Committee on the Film Industry.
The British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC) is an independent industry-funded body. It represents the audiovisual sector in the UK, including film, TV, games and new media, and serves as a unique forum for identifying new business trends and providing thought leadership to Government, policy makers and the audiovisual industries.
BSAC brings together the widest range of UK interests, knowledge and contacts in the industry to provide an independent platform for the regular exchange of ideas and information.
On Business Issues BSAC works closely with industry leaders and policy makers to provide an informed lead on emerging business trends.
On Policy Issues BSAC helps the audiovisual industry, wherever possible, speak with a single and authoritative voice.
BSAC was the successor to the Interim Action Committee on the Film Industry, administered under the auspices of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Initially it did 'enjoy limited facilities through the DTI, including secretarial assistance. This support was withdrawn in July 1986 as 'a consequence of the Government's wish to leave the BSAC to handle its own affairs'.
Since then, BSAC has been an independent and industry funded membership body.
The first Chairman was Lord Wilson of Rievaulx. On his retirement from the post in May 1987, he was replaced by Lord Richard Attenborough, who served as Chairman until 1996 and remained as Honorary President until his death in 2014. He was replaced by David Elstein, who served as Chairman until 2008, at which point the incumbent, Adam Singer, assumed the role.
The Chief Executive of BSAC is Fiona Clarke-Hackston. She has led the organisation since 1991.
At present, BSAC's membership is as follows.
Adam Singer, Consultant, Cordelia Consultancy
Honorary Deputy Chairman
Ajay Chowdhury, Partner & Managing Director, BCG Digital Ventures
Mark Devereux, Senior Partner, Olswang
Stephen Garrett, Independent TV and Film Producer
Marc Samuelson, Producer, Samuelson Productions
Jeff Allen, Managing Director, Panavision Europe
Julian Ashworth, Director, Group Industry Policy, BT
Owen Atkinson, Chief Executive, Authors’ Collecting and Licensing Society
Mark Batey, Chief Executive, Film Distributors’ Association
Josh Berger CBE, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Ireland & Spain
Nick Betts, Controller of Business, Drama, Films and Acquisitions, BBC Television
Magnus Brooke, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, ITV
William Bush, Director of Policy, Premier League
Dinah Caine CBE, Chief Executive, Creative Skillset
Phil Clapp, Chief Executive, UK Cinema Association
Steve Clark-Hall, Producer, Skyline Films
Michael Comish, Chief Executive Officer, Blinkbox
Bernie Corbett, General Secretary, Writers' Guild of Great Britain
Luke Crawley, Assistant General Secretary, BECTU
Jonathan Davis, Consultant
Ivan Dunleavy, Chief Executive, Pinewood Group plc
Carlo Dusi, Head of Business and Commercial Affairs, Scott Free Films
David Elstein, Independent
Lady Falkender, Life Peer and Company Director
David Fares, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, 21st Century Fox
Sarah Faulder, CEO, Publishers Licensing Society
Ray Gallagher, Independent
Sara Geater, Independent
Jon Gisby, EVP Business Development, Magine
Naomi Gummer, Policy Manager, Google UK
Andrew Hall, Chief Counsel, NBC Universal International
James Heath, Director of Policy, BBC
John Howkins, Director, ITR & Co
David Johnson, CEO, Compact Media Group
Tim Johnson, Partner, Fieldfisher
Sophie Jones, Head of Corporate Relations, Channel 4
Mike Kelt, CEO & SFX Supervisor, Artem Special Effects
Philip Knatchbull, Chief Executive Officer, Curzon Artificial Eye
Cameron McCracken, Managing Director, Pathé UK
John McVay, Chief Executive, PACT
Kip Meek, Independent
Christine Mitchell, Head of Video Content, Vodafone Group
Roger Morris, Managing Director, Elstree Studios
John Newbigin OBE, Chair, Creative England
Rebecca O'Brien, Producer, Sixteen Films
Jonathan Olsberg, Chairman, Olsberg-SPI
Will Page, Director of Economics, Spotify
Julia Palau, Producer, Tusk Productions
Simon Perry CBE, President, Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE)
Gavin Poolman, Managing Director, Apollo Media
Keith Porritt, Executive Director of Commercial, UKTV
Lyndsey Posner, Managing Director, Independent Talent Group
Matthew Postgate, Chief Technology Officer, BBC
Mark Selby, Visiting Professor, University of Surrey
Daniel Singer, CEO, Mavens of London
Martin Stott, Head of Corporate & Regulatory Affairs, Channel 5
Tim Suter, Communications Chambers
Sarah Tierney, Founder and CEO, We Are Colony
Evan Todd, Producer
Nick Toon, VP UK Public Policy, Time Warner
Dimitra Tsingou, COO, Protagonist Pictures
Aki Tsuchiya, Managing Director, Streamhub
Jo Twist, CEO, UKIE
Keith Underwood, Director of Strategy & Technology, Channel 4
Natalie Usher, Director of Film and Media, Creative Scotland
Malcolm Wall, Malcolm Wall Media
David Wheeldon, Director of Public Affairs, Sky
Rebecca Winch, Head of Production, The Project Factory
Adrian Wootton, CEO, Film London and British Film Commission
Jane Wright, Independent
David Mahoney, Director, Policy Development: Strategy, International, Technology and Economists (SITE), Ofcom
BSAC Also operates an Associate Membership scheme whereby companies and institutions can formalise a relationship with BSAC through attending events and receiving minutes, reports and other information. Many representatives of Associate Member companies assist BSAC's work by serving on Working Groups or undertaking research on a pro-bono basis.
At present, organisations in Associate Membership of BSAC are as follows:
Michael Simkins LLP
Nyman Libson Paul LLP
Sopher & Co.
- British Screen Advisory Council Report of Activities to 31 December 1985
- British Screen Advisory Council Second Report for the period 1 January 1986 to 31 May 1987