Former Protagonist Pictures CEO lands top job at British Film Institute

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by David Prior

Ben Roberts has been appointed CEO of the British Film Institute (BFI).

Roberts replaces Amanda Nevill, who is stepping down after 16 years.

Long considered the frontrunner for the role, Roberts was made director of the BFI Film Fund in 2012 before being promoted to deputy CEO in October 2018.

Previously he has been CEO of Protagonist Pictures, with other spells at Universal Pictures International and UK distributor Metrodome.

Roberts, who will begin his new role in February, said: "I’m eternally grateful to Amanda for bringing me into the BFI, and to Josh and the board for supporting my vision for its future.

”Film is egalitarian, and I want everyone to see the BFI as their home, to see themselves in our programmes, and feel welcome in our industry.

”We need all the diversity of voice, thought and talent to maximise the potential of the UK’s growing screen industries. My 22-year-old self used the BFI library to help me find my first job in film, and so my 44-year-old self is immensely proud to lead our brilliant teams through this next chapter.”

Josh Berger, chair of the BFI board as well as president and managing director for Warner Bros Entertainment across UK, Ireland and Spain, described Roberts as a "rare talent".