Edinburgh Film Festival's new parent body announces top appointments

Centre for the Moving image makes former BBC man CEO

by Amber Wilkinson

Senior management appointments for the Centre for the Moving Image were announced today in Edinburgh by Leslie Hills, Chair, CMI Board.

Gavin Miller is appointed in the position of chief executive officer and Graham Wallace as chief operating officer at the newly formed body with immediate effect. Centre for the Moving Image has been created as the new parent body incorporating the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Edinburgh Filmhouse to provide a national focus for curatorial, research and educational resources for the film industry and public in Scotland and the UK.

The CMI will act as a hub, offering a forum for entertainment and inspiration across all platforms including cinema, television, online and gaming.

A former commercial director at BBC Worldwide, Gavin Miller was responsible for building new revenue streams across multi-licensing platforms for brands such as Top Gear, Lonely Planet, Masterchef and Dr Who. Previously, Miller also held roles at Universal Pictures and Capital Radio Group and most recently at Film Tree.

He holds an MBA from Durham University Business School, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and lectures at the Metropolitan Film School on the changing digital landscape, the effect on distribution channels and the opportunity to build new business models and revenue streams.

Gavin Miller said: “This is an exciting opportunity to build on the brands of Filmhouse and Edinburgh International Film Festival and bring together the broader aspects of the moving image.”

Graham Wallace is a Chartered Accountant with experience of working both in the UK and internationally with high growth companies which include Spider Systems and Millar McCowan.

The CMI is located at Filmhouse in Edinburgh and will look to forge partnerships with other cities, festivals and venues throughout Scotland. It will grow relationships with exhibitors, distributors, educational establishments, audiences and members of the public alike, as well as collaborating with the recently formed Creative Scotland.

Leslie Hills Chair, CMI Board said: “The concept of the CMI has been developed over some time, taking into account the ambitions of EIFF and Filmhouse, the City of Edinburgh’s Moving Image Strategy and the establishment of Creative Scotland. Scotland and the UK need a Centre for the Moving Image which will be a powerhouse of ideas and activity. We are delighted to be at its birth.”

Hannah McGill remains as Artistic Director for EIFF and Rod White Head of Programming for Filmhouse.

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