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David Puttnam Named Life President of U.K.’s National Film and TV School

The school has also opened two new facilities as part of a $26 million development.

The U.K.’s National Film and TV school officially opened two new facilities on Friday, while at the same time announcing David Puttnam as its new life president. Puttnam takes over from the late Richard Attenborough.

The new buildings – the Channel 4 Rose Building and Sky Studios at the NFTS – are part of a £20 million ($26 million) development of th school comprising a 4K digital content studio and two teaching buildings covering more than 20,000 square feet in total.

“The NFTS is one of the world’s leading film schools, and these new facilities will ensure it continues to provide an unrivalled film education to students from all around the world, as well as maintaining the UK’s justified reputation for film making,” said Ed Vaizey, the former minister for digital and culture, at the opening.

Puttnam, the famed producer behind classics including Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express and The Killing Fields, added: “I’m delighted to accept the presidency of an organisation with which I’ve been deeply engaged from the very start. The NFTS is one of our genuinely world-class creative sector organisations and I’m honoured to follow in the footsteps of Lord Attenborough as the school’s president.”

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