Sky Studios’ chief content officer Jane Millichip has been appointed the new CEO of Bafta.
She will take up the role in October, with Kevin Price continuing as interim CEO until then.
The Academy’s Board of Trustees selected Millichip following what it describes as “an extensive and highly competitive search”.
Millichip has worked in production, distribution and broadcasting for television for 25 years – most recently as chief content officer for Sky Studios, and prior to that as its chief commercial officer.
Her previous roles include managing director of Sky Vision, the production and distribution arm which was folded into NBCUniversal in 2019.
“This is the first time the CEO role has been available at Bafta in over 20 years,” said Bafta chair Krishnendu Majumdar, who described Millichip as “an inspirational leader who shares BAFTA’s values for making the screen industries more accessible, inclusive and environmentally sustainable.
“Jane 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,” he continued. “She is highly regarded as a global television industry leader and is brilliantly placed to take Bafta to new heights.”
“Entrusting [Bafta]’s welfare to a new CEO is no small matter,” said Millichip. “I salute Amanda Berry and Kevin Price for their long-standing and impressive tenure, and I am honoured to be given this opportunity to take the organisation forward in the next chapter of BAFTA’s story.
“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. I have seen the passion and commitment from all those involved in the organisation, and I am thrilled to be joining such a brilliant team.”
Millichip led Sky Studios’ commitment to UK film industry sustainability resource Planet Placement, and albert, the Bafta-owned sustainability organisation for the screen industries.
She is a trustee of sustainability and environmental education charity SEEd, and is a Women in Film and TV mentor for 2022.
Millichip started her career as a journalist in the 1990s. She spent five years as editor of TV World, a publication at the time owned by EMAP, which was also an owner of Screen International up to 2012.