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Terry Ilott

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Terry Ilott (born 1951, Devizes, England) is an English writer, business consultant and teacher.


Until June 2010, he was the director of the Film Business Academy and course director, executive MBA programmes, at Cass Business School, City University, London.[1] For six years, he was the CEO of Hammer Film Productions[2] and before that he was the founder of consultancy boutique Bridge Media. At Bridge Media he provided business planning, financial modelling, investment appraisals, valuations, corporate finance advice, project management, advocacy and specialist management services to film and television industry clients, including Warner Bros, Film Four Ltd, the Motion Picture Association, United News & Media plc, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Merchant Ivory Productions, Capitol Films, Guinness Mahon, Virgin TV and Unifrance. Hammer Film Productions is one of the largest, independent film and television libraries in the world, with 295 titles, including Dracula Prince of Darkness, Frankenstein Has Risen From the Grave, The Devil Rides Out, She and One Thousand Years BC. Prior to setting up Bridge Media he was Managing Editor (Europe) of the showbusiness newspaper Variety. From 1984 - 1987 he was editor of Screen International. Since leaving the Film Business Academy, he has divided his time between writing, teaching and consultancy.

A former editor of the Financial Times’ Screen Finance and contributor to New Media Markets, Ilott was for many years a leading media business and financial columnist in the UK. He was the co-author of My Indecision Is Final: The Rise and Fall of Goldcrest Films (with Jake Eberts), and author of Budgets & Markets, Television and Film and The European Pay-TV Markets. A two-time Guardian lecturer at London’s National Film Theatre and a regular speaker at industry events, he is a former governor of the British Film Institute, a former chairman of the Entertainment Policy Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce (UK) and former vice-chairman of the European Film College in Denmark.

Ilott was a director of the industry-financed educational venture, Film Education, and a member of the British Screen Advisory Council’s film tax working group.

Film Business Academy[edit]

As director of the Film Business Academy (2006 - 2010) Ilott designed and delivered film-specific modules and pathways on MSc and MBA programmes. He still teaches film economics, the film value chain and business models in the film industry, mostly on short courses for up-and-coming film professionals, including programmes at the London Film School, the National Film and Television School and the Met Film School. In addition, he conducts workshops on entrepreneurship and business planning in creative industries. He has a strong interest in investment in high growth companies and has recently become involved in advocacy for social enterprise.

In 2007, Ilott wrote a treatise on entrepreneurship, The Second Bounce of the Ball, with and for Sir Ronald Cohen, founder and longtime chairman of private equity firm, Apax.


  1. Allen, Karen (18 January 2008). "UK film industry falters as writers' strike bites". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
  2. "Hammer's chilling comeback". BBC News. 8 February 2000. Retrieved 2009-08-19.

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