The British Screen Advisory Council

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British Screen Advisory Council
Abbreviation BSAC
Formation 1985
Purpose Promotion of the UK audiovisual industries and government links
Region served
Adam Singer
Website BSAC

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 Initially it did 'enjoy limited facilities through the DTI, including secretarial assistance.[1] This support was withdrawn in July 1986 as 'a consequence of the Government's wish to leave the BSAC to handle its own affairs'.[2]

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.

In 2014, following the death of Richard Attenborough, founder Member and long standing Board Member Michael Deeley was appointed to the post of Honorary President.[3]

The Chief Executive of BSAC is Fiona Clarke-Hackston. She has led the organisation since 1991.


At present, BSAC's membership is as follows.[4]

Honorary President

Michael Deeley


Adam Singer, Consultant, Cordelia Consultancy

Honorary Deputy Chairman

Michael Flint

Deputy Chairmen

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

Jane Lighting, Non-Executive Director, Trinity Mirror

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

Amanda Nevill CBE, Chief Executive Officer, British Film Institute

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

Nik Powell, Director, National Film & Television School

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

Permanent Observers

David Mahoney, Director, Policy Development: Strategy, International, Technology and Economists (SITE), Ofcom

Associate Membership[edit]

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:[5]

Bank Leumi





Ingenious Media


Lewis Silkin LLP

Michael Simkins LLP

Nyman Libson Paul LLP

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Reed Smith LLP

Royal Bank of Scotland

Screen Projex

Sopher & Co.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ British Screen Advisory Council Report of Activities to 31 December 1985
  2. ^ British Screen Advisory Council Second Report for the period 1 January 1986 to 31 May 1987
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