UK non-profit film organization the BFI has appointed Ben Roberts as its new chief executive officer.
As CEO, Roberts (pictured) will be responsible for the BFI’s future strategic and cultural direction and provide leadership for the UK’s screen industries. He will champion film culture, heritage, education, skills, independent film and filmmakers as he leads the organization through rapid changes across the broader screen industries and emerging media.
He is tasked with leading the BFI’s next five-year strategic plan, running from 2022 to 2027, and building on existing relationships with the wider screen industries, promoting diversity and inclusion across the organization, broadening the BFI’s audience and relationships with talent, and developing the BFI’s financial sustainability, brand and commercial strength.
Roberts joined the film and charitable organization as director of the BFI Film Fund in 2012 and was promoted to deputy CEO last year. He was previously CEO of Protagonist Pictures, and held positions before that at Universal Pictures and independent UK distributor Metrodome.
He will assume his new role at the BFI in mid-February, replacing outgoing CEO Amanda Nevill.
The appointment was made by BFI chair Josh Berger on behalf of the BFI’s board of governors after an extensive recruitment process.
“Ben is a rare talent, with broad experience and understanding of the complexities of our screen industries; from the cultural landscape and developing new voices to growing UK independent film; from the challenges facing the UK film industry to what drives the UK’s success as a global destination for filmmakers,” said Berger in a statement.
“Ben is a passionate advocate for inclusion and has already done much to steer our industry towards better representation and accessibility. Going forward, the BFI has an important role in shaping the exciting cultural and commercial opportunities presented by the broader screen industries and Ben is the person to lead this. I want to thank Amanda Nevill for her brilliant 17 years transforming the BFI into the great organization it has become and I’m delighted to find someone who can build on Amanda’s incredible legacy and take us to even greater heights in the future.”