New CEO of The Production Guild of Great Britain Named as Alison Small (26/07/2012)
The Production Guild of Great Britain (PG) is delighted to announce that Alison Small has been appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer. Alison will take up the post based at Pinewood Studios, in mid-September 2012.
Alison brings a wealth and range of experience to PG and joins from her current position as the inaugural Director of the Creative Skillset Craft and Technical Skills Academy and as current Chair of membership organisation, Women in Film and Television. Alison is also a long-standing PG Member.
Prior to joining the Academy, Alison worked as a freelance consultant and project manager to the international film and TV production communities. She also spent eight years working at the Office of the British Film Commissioner at UK Film Council, where she was directly involved in several key industry negotiations and agreements, alongside developing strategies to increase opportunities and finance for the UK.
Spending just over a year at the Academy’s helm, she led the organisation in supporting UK film production by investing in the skills of emerging talent and film professionals within the craft and technical departments. This included providing UK productions with trainees and aiming to streamline the complex training landscape for productions, ensuring the mechanisms for finding and nurturing new talent is in place for UK film crew to remain world class and setting up the systems for marketing and promoting the work of the Academy and the successful graduates. The Academy has also directly worked with PG who has run the ‘Introduction to Film Production’ training course for Academy trainees on multiple occasions at Pinewood Studios.
As a freelance consultant, Alison has also been commissioned by PG to lead several projects. This included researching and writing a report on the US industry’s perceptions of UK financial control and production accounting, which involved interviewing heads of finance of the US studios and independents, UK PG members and affiliate companies, concluding with a set of recommendations; as well as producing the 2010 PG annual review. The review which is sent to members, affiliates and business partners is designed to clearly showcase, analyse and provide statistics for all of the various areas and functions that PG covers during the calendar year.
Commenting on her appointment, Alison said, “I’m delighted to be taking up this opportunity of becoming the CEO of The Production Guild. I look forward to developing the work with the board and the membership and plan to ensure that the members remain internationally recognised as world class, and that PG continues to be recognised as a highly effective organisation that represents the senior production and accounts personnel in the UK film and TV industry, and an authoritative voice on film production in the UK.”
Alison’s appointment follows a rigorous recruitment process, which saw applications from a wide range of experienced UK film industry personnel. All of the initial applications were looked at by the PG Executive Committee and culminated with a round of interviews for the final seven short listed candidates, led by PG Chairman, Kevin Trehy, Senior Vice President of Physical Production at Warner Bros.
Kevin commented, “I am delighted to welcome Alison to the position of CEO of the Guild and I am confident that she will continue the great work that has seen the organisation and its members recognised as such an important component of the British Film Industry. The standing of the organisation was reflected in the quality of the applicants for the role and I am confident we are in good hands moving forward.”