Russel Howcroft, Chair of the Australian Film Television and Radio School, today announced the resignation of AFTRS CEO Neil Peplow.
Mr Peplow, originally from the UK, is returning with his family to London. He will leave the School mid 2019.
In making the announcement, Mr Howcroft said: “Under Neil’s stewardship, AFTRS has become internationally renowned as a centre of creative excellence and one which, at a time of unprecedented change and opportunity in our industry, is incredibly forward thinking in its approach to screen education. I respect Neil enormously and applaud the work he has done at AFTRS over the past three and a half years. His energy, ideas and dynamism have set the School on an excellent path for the future.
“I would also like to acknowledge Neil’s work for the broader screen industry, particularly in the areas of diversity and innovation. I am very sorry to see him depart but wish him and his family well for the future.”
Minister for the Arts Mitch Fifield said: “Neil has made an exceptional contribution in his time at AFTRS. I would like to thank him for his commitment and his determination. He leaves having secured AFTRS’ reputation as one of the world’s leading screen schools.”
Under Mr Peplow’s tenure, AFTRS has deepened its connection with industry to ensure its courses are relevant, innovative and future-focused. The School offers a Postgraduate program, a three-year Bachelor of Arts: Screen Production degree as well as Industry Certificates and Short Courses, school holiday and teacher training programs. AFTRS alumni have won and been nominated for a slate of Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, BAFTA, AACTA and Commercial Radio Awards, and are the creative forces behind some of Australia’s most iconic works of radio, television and cinema. Recent Alumni successes include scriptwriter Tony McNamara, whose screenplay for The Favourite has dominated the international Awards season. Tony this week was awarded the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay and he is nominated for an Oscarâ.
Mr Howcroft said the search for a new CEO will begin immediately.