BAFTA LA appoint Chantal Rickards as CEO
by Naman Ramachandran
- Industry veteran brings 27 years of experience with her
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Los Angeles’ Board of Directors has appointed Chantal Rickards as the organization’s first Chief Executive Officer, effective 14 April. Rickards will relocate to Los Angeles from London, where she currently lives. Rickards has 27 years of experience in senior positions in television. Most recently Rickards served as Head of Programming and Branded Content at MEC, a division of Group M, the largest media investment company in the world. Prior to that, she was with the BBC as Commissioning Executive where she was responsible for launching and overseeing original programming for the UKTV lifestyle television channels.
Kieran Breen, Chairman of BAFTA LA, said, “BAFTA Los Angeles is in a growth period, expanding its operations and programs, and putting exciting new plans in place to become the hub of the British creative community in Los Angeles. We are delighted to welcome Chantal, whose experience and vision will be invaluable in driving these plans forward alongside Director of Operations, Matthew Wiseman and existing team members Wayne Watkins, Lisa Ogdie, Ciaran Toner, Rosalyn Hummel and Pete Modeste.”
Rickards said, “We are expanding our services to further promote British talent across the West Coast and will be working closely with our colleagues in London and New York on a global level. Television and Games will get even greater support, as this is a rapidly expanding area of British expertise internationally. The BAFTA LA Board and membership are a powerhouse of energy and ideas and I am sure they will keep me on my toes.”