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18/02/2003

Sandy Lieberson to lead Film London

Veteran producer Sandy Lieberson has been appointed chair of Film London, the new body charged with representing and developing the film and media industry in the capital.
From April this year Film London will take on the responsibilities of the London Film and Video Development Agency and the London Film Commission, investing in the commissioning and funding of creative and industrial initiatives across the capital. As chair, Lieberson will be responsible for encouraging and supporting filming in London, promoting access for all to watch, participate and enjoy moving image culture, developing the industry, through support for production, training and economic initiatives and finally researching and making the case for film and media in London.
Announcing the appointment the Film Council's chief executive officer, John Woodward, said: "London is the base of much of the UK's film industry, providing world-renowned production facilities, special effects houses and high profile locations. More than 23,000 people in the capital work in the film and video industries in they make an extremely important contribution to London's economic life. Having Sandy represent the industry will help to cement London's status as one of the film capitals of the world.
"As chair of Film London, Sandy brings to the role an unparalleled knowledge of the wider media industry, and of the making of films in London. He has a fundamental commitment to developing London's position as a great media city still further, and to ensuring that all Londoners have the opportunity to become involved in film and reap the rewards that working in the industry can offer."
Speaking on his appointment, Lieberson said: "I'm very proud to have been appointed as chair of the new Film London. The new agency is committed to the principles and priorities that I've worked for all my working life - London is one of the great world cities for film and the media but there is so much more we can do to ensure that all the people of London should have a chance to participate in the industry and to enjoy the widest range of film."
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