Tessa Ross to quit Channel 4 and join the National Theatre
- 12 Years A Slave, Slumdog Millionaire and This Is England made under Ross’ stewardship
Tessa Ross, the high-profile Channel 4 controller of film and drama, has put in her papers and will take up the post of chief executive of the National Theatre. She will remain in her current position until September 2014, and will stay on as chair of the Growth Fund Advisory Council once in her new role.
Ross joined Channel 4 in 2000 and became head of Film4 in 2003, followed by controller of film and drama in 2008. Under her leadership, Film4 backed Oscar- and BAFTA-winning films such as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave [+see also:
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David Abraham, Channel 4’s chief executive, said, “Tessa’s job is one of the most coveted in film, both in the UK and internationally, and while she leaves big shoes to fill, we will shortly begin the task of identifying a new leader for the next chapter of Film4’s story.”
Ross said, “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the National Theatre, but it is with a heavy heart I leave this wonderful organisation and the brilliant people I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to work beside over the past 13 years. I leave behind a dedicated, passionate team at Film4 – not only colleagues, but true friends – and an important organisation in its mother Channel 4. It’s been an absolute honour to work with the writers, directors, producers and the many other talented people I’ve collaborated with during my time here, relationships I look forward to continuing.”
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