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Amazon Studios alum Georgia Brown to chair BFI’s skills task force

Georgia Brown, the former head of European originals at Amazon Studios, has resurfaced at the British Film Institute (BFI) to lead an effort to address the skill shortages within the UK’s screen sectors.

Georgia Brown

Brown departed Amazon after five years with the tech giant in August last year, and will now chair the Skills Task Force, the BFI announced today.

The industry-led group aims to address the critical skilled labour shortages within the UK’s production screen sectors and will comprise senior representatives from all the major broadcasters, studios and streamers, as well as organisations including ScreenSkills, PACT and national screen agencies.

The task force has been convened by the BFI in response to the BFI Skills Review, commissioned by the government’s Department of Culture, Media & Sport. It will build upon the review and together they will produce and support the delivery of a plan of action in order to grow, train and retain the largely freelance screen sector workforce.

Brown said: “The UK has an important and well-earned reputation for being the centre of creative excellence. However, if we want to accelerate growth and build a sustainable industry, we must accelerate change by creating a robust framework to develop, support, train and ignite the next generation of talent.

“This Task Force will build on and complement the essential strategic work already undertaken by industry, ScreenSkills, the BFI and public bodies across the UK and it’s an honour to work collaboratively with colleagues from across the industry to lead this important work.”

Prior to joining Amazon in 2017, Brown was executive VP of global content and coproduction at Fremantle. Before that, she was the senior VP of acquisitions at Shine International.


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