The Board of the Friends of the University of Nottingham:America, Inc. (FUNAmerica) is pleased to announce that alumna Christina Thomas former CEO of BAFTA has joined the Board of Directors.
Christina received her BA in Sociology from the University of Nottingham. She was a founding member of the New York chapter of BAFTA – The British Academy of Film and Television Arts and was appointed the organization’s first Chairman in 1996 and remained in that position until 2006. In 2007 she was appointed as the first Chief Executive. Under her leadership membership grew to nearly 800 members with over 70 film screenings a year and an additional 20 events of an educational and fulfillment nature. During her tenure she established, along with the support of the Board and various committee chairs, several programming strands and initiatives such ‘Brits Who Cracked America’; ‘The BAFTA New York Media Studies Scholarship Program’. The BAFTA New York Film Awards party; The BAFTA Situation Comedy screenings and many others. She signed up several leading companies as Sponsors and ensured that the organisation ran on a secure financial basis. She stepped down as Chief Executive in 2015. She is also a member of New York Women in Film and Television.
Prior to her involvement with BAFTA New York, Ms. Thomas was President of the US subsidiary of Primetime Entertainment, Inc. a leading UK independent program packaging and distribution company representing over 150 independent producers and 8,000 hours of programming. Ms Thomas has been involved in the development, co-production and sales of television programming worldwide for most of her career. She founded Jigsaw Communications, a global finance and independent film distribution consulting agency, and continues to work with documentary film makers to develop and market their films