The National Film and Television School (NFTS) has appointed Judith Winnan, former chair of the Royal Television Society Cymru Wales as the head of its new hub in Wales.

The opening of NFTS Wales, in partnership with BBC Wales and Creative Wales, was announced in November and follows the success of hubs in Glasgow and Leeds.

Judith Winnan will bring experience of working within both the BBC and the independent sector in Wales, having been an executive producer, specialising in factual and arts documentaries.

She has also run independent production company Fulmar Westand was previously head of factual and music at BBC Wales.

Ms Winnan's BBC Two series The Private Life of a Masterpiece won an RTS award and recent credits include The Story of Welsh Art and Fake or Fortune?

Commenting on her new role, Winnan said: “The launch of NFTS Wales is really exciting and welcome news for the film, television and games industry here and I’m delighted to be appointed as its head.

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“The sector has been through a difficult time this last year but long term, it’s still growing and expanding with more and more production and commissioning based here.

“In providing the gold standard of training that the School is known for, NFTS Wales will be a key part of ensuring that we have people with the right skills to benefit from those opportunities and help them and the sector as a whole to thrive and develop further.”

NFTS Wales will be based at BBC’s Central Square building in Cardiff and will focus on supporting recent graduates to acquire the skills required to either pursue postgraduate study or to transition into the creative industries.

Jon Wardle, director of NFTS said: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Judith lead our expansion into Wales.

“With Wales now a global player in the entertainment industry, we look forward to providing individuals who aspire to work in the creative sector there with the training and development opportunities necessary to build an exciting career.”

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