Curtain Raised on Scottish Centre For Moving Image

Submitted by edg on Mon, 5 Jul '10 9.14pm

The Scottish Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) took another step forward in its development today with the announcement by Leslie Hills, Chair, CMI Board, of senior management appointments. Gavin Miller is appointed in the position of CEO and Graham Wallace as COO at the newly formed CMI with immediate effect.

The 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 goal is to make the venue the nerve centre for all aspects of the moving image, offering a forum for entertainment and inspiration across all platforms including cinema, television, online and gaming.

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

Miller was previously commercial director at BBC Worldwide where he was responsible for building new revenue streams across multi licensing platforms for brands such as Top Gear, Lonely Planet, Masterchef and Dr Who.

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.

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.

Edinburgh Based

The CMI is currently located at the Filmhouse and will look to forge partnerships with other cities, festivals and venues throughout Scotland. It is hoped that a purpose-built building will be found, with the disused Scottish & Newcastle's brewery land in Fountainbridge a possible location after Lloyds Banking Group abandoned plans to build an office space there.

The CMI 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.