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Rose Garnett Named as New Chief of BBC Films

Variety logo Variety 2/27/2017 Leo Barraclough
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Rose Garnett has been appointed director of BBC Films, the movie production arm of the British public broadcaster.

Garnett moves to BBC Films from Film4, where she has been head of creative since 2015. Since joining Film4 as head of development in 2013, she has managed an extensive slate of projects from a wide range of talent, including Lenny Abrahamson’s “Room,” Sarah Gavron’s “Suffragette” and Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey.” Upcoming projects include Sebastian Lelio’s “Disobedience,” Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Clio Barnard’s “Dark River” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite.”

Garnett replaces Christine Langan, who left to lead Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Prods. Since Langan’s departure, Joe Oppenheimer, commissioning executive at BBC Films, has been serving as acting head of the division.

Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said that Garnett “has an impressive track record in the U.K. film industry and brings bundles of experience and passion to the role….She has a reputation for taking risks and developing new talent, and is known for working with some of the most distinctive voices.”

Daniel Battsek, director of Film4, said Garnett’s appointment at BBC Films was a “testament to her acclaimed work and the strength of Film4….Although I’m very sad to see Rose go, she is leaving us with a great forthcoming slate and an incredibly talented creative team.”

BBC Films develops and co-produces around 12 films a year. Recent productions include Amma Asante’s “A United Kingdom,” Lone Scherfig’s “Their Finest,” William Oldroyd’s “Lady Macbeth” and Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake.”

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