17 April 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Tessa Ross and Rufus Norris were expected to steer the National Theatre as partners
Tessa Ross has unexpectedly stepped down as chief executive of the National Theatre, just six months into the job.
Ross, a former head of Film 4, joined the theatre alongside its new artistic director Rufus Norris last year.
Announcing her resignation, she said only one person should be in charge.
“It has become clear to me that the new leadership structure, with a separate role of chief executive, is not right for the NT at this time,” she said.
Ross started her career as a literary agent before moving into television, becoming head of Drama at Channel 4 in 2000.
There, she commissioned shows including Shameless, White Teeth, Teachers and Sex Traffic; and, after moving to the film unit, oversaw an annual budget of £10m.
Among the British films she developed were Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave, Shame and Four Lions.
She received a CBE in 2010 for her services to broadcasting and won a Bafta for outstanding contribution in 2013.
Ross was behind the success of Oscar-winning drama 12 Years a Slave
After being appointed to the board of the National Theatre in 2011, Ross officially started her new role last November, eight months after her nomination was announced.
Ross and Norris were seen as a “dream team”, taking over from Nicholas Hytner and his executive director Nick Starr- the duo behind hits such as The History Boys, One Man, Two Guv’nors …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment