Emmy-winning and Bafta-nominated television producer Krishnendu Majumdar has been confirmed as the new chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta).
Majumdar is the first BAME person to hold the position in its 72-year history.
He has been deputy chair for one year and his tenure as chair will run for the next three years – the newly extended term for all future Bafta chairs. He takes over from Neal Street Pictures’ Pippa Harris, who continues as deputy chair.
Majumdar co-founded independent production company Me + You Productions in 2012, alongside Richard Yee. His executive producer credits include Karl Pilkington’s Sky 1 comedy series Sick Of It and An Idiot Abroad, David Hasselhoff’s Emmy award-winning Dave mockumentary Hoff The Record and Channel 4’s drama anthology I Am.
Before co-founding Me + You, Majumdar worked as a freelance producer and director. His previous credits include Bafta-nominated Who You Callin’ A Nigger? for Channel 4 and Michael Howard: No More Mr Nasty for BBC Two.
Majumdar has been involved with Bafta for 14 years, having been the chair of the learning and new talent committee (2006-2010), the chair of the television committee (2015-2019) and a member of the board of trustees for nine years.
He said: “This year has been a difficult and turbulent time for many in our industry, working with Pippa, Bafta’s talented and committed staff and membership, I want Bafta to be at the heart of rebuilding the industry post-Covid. It is vital to ensure that we support people of all backgrounds, races and genders. Diversity and inclusion are crucial for the lifeblood of Bafta, and we will continue to be a leader for real change across our industry.”