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14 Jun 2016

BRITISH COMEDIAN JACK WHITEHALL TO RETURN AS HOST OF THE 2016 BRITISH ACADEMY BRITANNIA AWARDS

Ceremony To Take Place Friday, October 28, 2016 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel

Los Angeles, June 14, 2016:  The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) announced today that, after a wildly successful turn as host of the 2015 ceremony, British comedian and actor Jack Whitehall will return to host the 2016 British Academy Britannia Awards

The annual gala celebration will take place on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. As previously announced, Ang Lee will be honored with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing with other honorees to be announced shortly.  The British Academy Britannia Awards is a key event in the awards season, which will include BAFTA’s highly anticipated Tea Party in Los Angeles in January and the EE British Academy Film Awards in London on February 12, 2017.

Jack Whitehall is one of the UK’s biggest and most popular comedy talents. He began his career as a stand-up comedian, performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Pleasance Theatre’s Comedy Reserve. He is a regular panelist on the game show “A League of Their Own.” He also starred in the British TV series “Fresh Meat,” which went on to garner many awards and accolades. Whitehall has also hosted Backchat with his father, Michael, and can be seen in The Bad Education Movie, which was released in the UK August 21, 2015, and based on the highly successful and critically acclaimed television series “Bad Education,” which Whitehall also wrote and starred in. Whitehall can currently be seen in the Garry Marshall film Mother’s Day, with Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston. 

“I am thrilled to be back hosting the Britannia Awards again and helping to provide a bridge between the UK and Hollywood,” said Whitehall.  “My thanks to Meryl Streep and Harrison Ford for laughing at my jokes last year, and making BAFTA LA believe that I am suited to do this a second time.”   

“Jack’s performance as host last year was one of the most memorable aspects of an already spectacular evening,” said Kieran Breen, BAFTA Los Angeles Chairman.  “He maintained the celebratory nature of the event, all the while infusing it with his undeniable charm and particular brand of British humor.  We have no doubt that Jack will once again make this the biggest and best British night in the Hollywood calendar.”

BAFTA Los Angeles is also proud to announce that world-renowned television and event production company Done + Dusted will produce this year’s ceremony for the second consecutive year.  “After a wonderful collaboration last year, we are thrilled to be a part of this prestigious evening once again,” said Done + Dusted’s Co-Founder, Hamish Hamilton, himself a BAFTA Special Award winner.  “It is truly a celebration that brings together our company’s country of origin, the UK, with the excitement of Hollywood, and there is no better setting for us to honor both.”

The British Academy Britannia Awards evening is BAFTA’s big night out in Hollywood, where Brits and anglophiles alike come together in celebration of exceptional individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the art forms of the moving image in the US, UK and beyond. Known to be an enjoyable evening that captures a unique blend of sincerity and British irreverence, the evening also serves to celebrate the long-standing collaboration between the British and American industries.

The 2015 ceremony took place in October at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Harrison Ford received the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, Orlando Bloom received the Britannia Humanitarian Award presented by the Beazley Group, Meryl Streep received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, Sam Mendes received the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing presented by the GREAT Britain campaign, James Corden received the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year presented by Burberry and Amy Schumer received the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy presented by Kodak. The British Academy Britannia Awards is produced through a partnership between BAFTA Los Angeles and Done & Dusted. Event Production and Management is by MTA Events.

Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles’ on-going education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.

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About BAFTA and BAFTA Los Angeles
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – featuring workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes – in the UK, USA and Asia; it offers unique access to the world’s most inspiring talent and connects with a global audience of all ages and backgrounds. To access the best creative minds in film, TV and games production, visit www.bafta.org/guru. For more, visit www.bafta.org.

Founded in 1987, BAFTA Los Angeles serves as a bridge between the Hollywood and British production and entertainment business communities. Its commitment to professional and community education is at the heart of all activity, including an award-winning community outreach programme, screenings, seminars, Behind Closed Doors series, Q&As, scholarships for British students studying in the US, a Newcomers Program for emerging British talents working in the US, and a Heritage Archive project that preserves in-depth interviews with the industry's leading talents for future generations. BAFTA Los Angeles celebrates and promotes excellence through its annual Britannia Awards, Awards Season Film and Television Tea Parties and the Student Film Awards.

BAFTA Los Angeles is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation and relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing work. www.bafta.org/losangeles