EXCLUSIVE: Former SBS exec takes over from Ben Gibson at London Film School.

Former SBS executive Jane Roscoe is to become director of the London Film School, taking over from current director Ben Gibson in August.

Roscoe, a published academic who launched the Centre for Screen Studies and Research while working at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School, was most recently the UK-based head of International content at Australian network SBS, where she acquired features and brokered international co-productions.

The Australian executive was formerly network programmer at SBS, where she spearheaded the launch of channel SBS Two.

Roscoe, who takes over from out-going director Ben Gibson after his 14-year stint at the school, said: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the LFS as it approaches its 60th anniversary. The move to the Barbican will further enhance the School’s ability to educate for creativity, and stay connected to a fast changing film industry. It’s going to be an exciting and challenging journey.”

LFS Chair of Governors Mike Leigh, added: “Jane is passionate about film education and innovation, and we are delighted that she is to join us to lead LFS into our exciting new phase.”

In December, LFS announced its first major funding from Creative Skillset towards the development of its plans to transfer its operations from Covent Garden to a new site within the Barbican Centre in the City of London.

The move is planned for 2016.

LFS graduates represented at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival include competition entrant Leigh, and Un Certain Regard entrants Panos Koutras and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.

LFS graduation film Leidi, directed by Simón Mesa Soto, plays in the shorts competition and graduate Newton Aduaka was selected for the Cinefondation Atelier co-production showcase.