BFI appoints Stuart Brown as head of Programme & Acquisitions
by Naman Ramachandran
- The newly created role reports to BFI creative director Heather Stewart
The British Film Institute (BFI) has appointed Stuart Brown to the new role of head of Programme & Acquisitions. Reporting to BFI creative director Heather Stewart, Brown will take up the reins on 10 August. Brown’s role is to be a key force in unifying the BFI’s audience strategy, maximising the cultural and commercial performance of BFI cinemas and BFI distribution across UK theatrical, nontheatrical, DVD, VoD service BFI Player and international tours of BFI programmes, to build greater audiences, impact and income. He is currently head of events at the BFI and has been with the organisation since 2000.
Stewart said, “Throughout his time at the BFI, Stuart has time and again created exciting and innovative programmes and events that celebrate film, and more widely, moving image culture, and have proved a hit with audiences. I know he will bring dynamism, verve, leadership and a deep passion for film to this richly deserved new role.”
Brown said, “I couldn’t be more thrilled to be taking on this lead role in our creative team, working with colleagues inside and outside the BFI to create bold, must-see programmes that will excite, provoke, challenge and inspire audiences. It’s been a privilege to lead the events programme at BFI Southbank and to contribute to the events and production of the BFI London Film Festival, and I’m looking forward to drawing on my experience in this new role at what is undoubtedly an extraordinary time for British cinema and moving image culture in the UK.”