Adrian Wootton, acting director of the British Film Institute, has been appointed chief executive of Film London, the new body charged with representing and developing the film and media industry in the UK capital.

Film London takes over responsibilities of the London Film and Video Development Agency and the London Film Commission.

Film London's Chairman Sandy Lieberson, appointed to the position in February, announced the first board directors of Film London:

Claire Binns - director of specialist exhibitor City Screen;
Marc Boothe - producer and founder of B3;
Will Clarke - managing director of Optimum Releasing;
Tony Elliot - chairman of London listings magazine, Time Out;
David Martin - chief executive of the Production Guild of Great Britain; and
Jeremy Thomas - independent producer with Recorded Picture Company.

Film London's activities will cover four main areas:

Encouraging and supporting filming in London; promoting access for all to watch participate and enjoy, moving image culture through exhibition and education; developing the industry, through support for production, training and economic initiatives; and, researching and making the case for the film and media sector in London.

At the same time, Sue Hayes, commissioner for the London Film Commission is to step down from her position.