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Former Sky Studios executive Jane Millichip has been named Bafta’s new chief executive.

Millichip joins the arts charity in October, succeeding Amanda Berry, who recently stood down after 22 years in the role. Interim chief executive Kevin Price will step down upon Millichip’s arrival.

Bafta chair Krishnendu Majumdar said landing Millichip is “a real coup” for the organisation.

He described her as “an inspirational leader who shares Bafta’s values for making the screen industries more accessible, inclusive and environmentally sustainable”, adding:

“She brings with her a unique and impressive combination of top-level commercial and creative experience that will ensure Bafta delivers its charitable remit, maintains the gold standard of our Awards and makes a positive impact on the film, games and television industries.”

Millichip joined Sky in 2013, initially steering production-distribution arm Sky Vision’s annual revenues to grow from £8m to more than £250m in six years and investing in indies such as Love Productions and Blast! Films.

Since Sky’s move into in-house production, she has held the role of Sky Studios chief content officer and overseen shows such as A Discovery of Witches and Sky Germany’s Der Pass.

Millichip said of her priorities in the new role: “Increasing accessibility, inclusion and relevance for the beneficiaries of Bafta’s learning initiatives, for its members, for the screen industries and for public audiences, alongside a focused growth strategy, will enable Bafta to evolve and deliver its charitable goals for years to come.”

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