The British agent will take over from current chair David Parfitt.

British agent Tim Corrie has been appointed as the new chairman of BAFTA.

He takes over from UK producer David Parfitt, who has completed his two-year tenure as chair. Parfitt will now serve as deputy chairman for another year.

Corrie began his career at Paramount Pictures, before joining London talent agency PFD, where he rose to become co-chairman. He left in 2007 to set up United Agents.

A long-time BAFTA member, he joined its television committee in 2005, before becoming deputy chairman of the Academy in 2009.

Corrie said: “As the first agent working in the arena of film and television production to assume this role, I trust that some negotiating skills will stand me in good stead as I succeed David Parfitt, a great exponent of the Academy over the past two years. 

“I want to continue to make the BAFTA name synonymous with excellence not just through our Awards, but also through our debates, events and lectures.  I want to see our Learning and Events programme remain at the very core of our activities, consolidate our vital work in the video games sector and strengthen our ties with our branches in Scotland, Wales and the USA.”