Chantal Rickards

BAFTA Los Angeles

A native Brit, Chantal Rickards is the outgoing Chief Executive Officer of Los Angeles at The British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA).  Rickards has spent the last 27 years in senior positions in television> Prior to her four years in Hollywood she was at MEC, now known as Wavemaker, a division of WPP’s Group M, the largest media investment company in the world, where she served as head of programming and branded content. Prior to that, she was with the BBC as commissioning executive, responsible for launching and overseeing original programming for the UKTV lifestyle television channels. She spent a dozen years at ITV where she ran the Food Network, and was an Executive Producer, Director and Producer of several factual entertainment shows including Countdown, Through they Keyhole, This Morning and Parkinson. She started her career selling advertising space for Haymarket Publishing in the UK.


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