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BAFTA appoints Jane Lush as chair

7 June 2016 4:30 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Former BBC controller replaces Anne Morrison who will continue as deputy chair.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has appointed Jane Lush as the organisation’s new chair.

She replaces Anne Morrison in the role, who will continue as deputy chair.

Lush has been closely involved with BAFTA for a decade, joining the Board of Trustees in 2010 and serving as deputy chair for the past year. Her tenure as chair will run for two years.

She was previously a factual programme-maker at the BBC, eventually becoming controller of daytime, and was behind hits such as the Weakest Link and Doctors.

She was later responsible for commissioning shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, The Apprentice and Dragons’ Den as entertainment and comedy controller.

Jane Lush commented: “It’s a huge honour to become chair of BAFTA, succeeding Anne Morrison who has taken the Academy from strength to strength. 

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BAFTA Selects Former BBC Executive Jane Lush as Chair

7 June 2016 2:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Former BBC executive Jane Lush has been named chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, succeeding Anne Morrison. Lush has been deputy chair for the past year; her tenure as chair will run for two years.

Lush’s promotion, announced at BAFTA’s annual general meeting on Monday, was anticipated as it is BAFTA’s practice to move up its deputy chair to chair. Also in line with BAFTA tradition, Morrison will now serve as deputy chair for one year.

Lush was a factual program-maker at the BBC, eventually becoming controller of daytime, launching hit shows such as “Weakest Link” and the drama series “Doctors.” She went on to become the BBC’s controller of entertainment and comedy, overseeing a budget of £200 million ($292 million) and commissioning a range of BAFTA-winning series including “Strictly Come Dancing,” “The Apprentice,” “The Catherine Tate Show,” “Dragons’ Den” and “Have I Got News for You. »

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BAFTA Selects Former BBC Executive Jane Lush as Chair

7 June 2016 2:01 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Former BBC executive Jane Lush has been named chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, succeeding Anne Morrison. Lush has been deputy chair for the past year; her tenure as chair will run for two years.

Lush’s promotion, announced at BAFTA’s annual general meeting on Monday, was anticipated as it is BAFTA’s practice to move up its deputy chair to chair. Also in line with BAFTA tradition, Morrison will now serve as deputy chair for one year.

Lush was a factual program-maker at the BBC, eventually becoming controller of daytime, launching hit shows such as “Weakest Link” and the drama series “Doctors.” She went on to become the BBC’s controller of entertainment and comedy, overseeing a budget of £200 million ($292 million) and commissioning a range of BAFTA-winning series including “Strictly Come Dancing,” “The Apprentice,” “The Catherine Tate Show,” “Dragons’ Den” and “Have I Got News for You. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Caitlin McGee & Eugene Cordero Join NBC Pilot ‘Crunch Time’; Owen Smith In ‘Sebastian’

24 March 2016 11:32 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Caitlin McGee and Eugene Cordero (Comedy Bang! Bang!) have booked series regular roles opposite Craig Ferguson and Andrea Anders in Crunch Time, NBC's hybrid game show/comedy pilot written by Betsy Thomas based on an original idea by veteran game show producer Phil Gurin (Weakest Link). Crunch Time, which intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace, centers on Emily (Anders), an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host, Toby (Ferguson)… »

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Andrea Anders To Star In ‘Crunch Time’ NBC Game Show/Comedy Pilot

11 March 2016 11:42 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Andrea Anders (Better Off Ted) is set as the female lead opposite Craig Ferguson in Crunch Time, NBC's hybrid game show/comedy pilot written by Betsy Thomas based on an original idea by veteran game show producer Phil Gurin (Weakest Link). Crunch Time, which intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace, centers on Emily (Anders), an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host, Toby (Ferguson). Driven, loyal and level-headed, Emily is… »

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Craig Ferguson To Star In ‘Crunch Time’ NBC Pilot, Kyle Howard & Kellee Stewart Also Cast

10 March 2016 1:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Celebrity Name Game host Craig Ferguson will be blending game show hosting and acting as the star of Crunch Time, NBC’s hybrid game show/comedy. Also cast in the project, written by Betsy Thomas based on an original idea by veteran game show producer Phil Gurin (Weakest Link), are Kyle Howard (Royal Pains) and Kellee Stewart (The Soul Man), reuniting with Thomas after co-starring on her TBS comedy series My Boys. Crunch Time, which intercuts between a real game show and… »

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