Chantal Rickards

Chantal Rickards OBE is represented by Tidy Management for Cruise Speaking only

Chantal Rickards OBE is a highly respected veteran film and television professional. A fine speaker, event host and panel moderator, she was CEO of BAFTA Los Angeles and produced many British TV classics  including Through the Keyhole, Masterchef, Countdown, This Morning and Parkinson.

A much in demand keynote, Chantal has spoken  at conferences in Cannes, Dubai, Cairo, Sydney, New York, Washington and Beirut among others.

She has a rich catalogue of stories and anecdotes and can entertain and inform in equal measure. Mixing terrific tales with fabulous facts, Chantal’s great insights into the glossy, crazy and sometimes absurd world of showbusiness are illuminating.

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Chantal Rickards OBE has had an incredibly successful career as a television producer working on multiple shows that are well known both nationally and across the globe.  She trained at ITV in the UK and spent 13 years there before running the Carlton Food / Taste Network for a year and then on to the BBC where she became a commissioner of Lifestyle programmes.

An experienced public speaker, Chantal has given lectures for the BBC, ITV and BAFTA over the years to both industry and non-industry audiences. From 2015 she was the CEO of BAFTA Los Angeles for five years and  based in Hollywood.  She continues to be a voting member of the organisation and has also been a judge for the BAFTA TV Awards in the Comedy and Entertainment categories.

Today Chantal runs a portfolio career in the arts’ and the commercial world, with a particular focus on young people. She is on the Development Board of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and a Non-Executive Director of The Dot Group, the largest student housing organisation in Europe.

The Chair of London’s inaugural Hurlingham Club Arts Festival in 2021, Chantal was, in that same year, awarded an OBE for services to Broadcasting and Charity by HM Queen Elizabeth.

Chantal continues to support the Development team at University College, London, her alma mater, and was recently made an Honorary Fellow of UCL from where she also holds an Honours Degree in French. She has twice given the Graduation Address to the students of UCL.   For the last three years, Chantal has done a weekly radio broadcast reviewing films and television programmes for the Midday Show with Russ Kane  A much in demand keynote, Chantal has spoken  at conferences in Cannes, Dubai, Cairo, Sydney, New York, Washington and Beirut among others.

She also recently returned from China where she was one of 15 international jury members for the inaugural Golden Panda Awards, given for excellence in international film and TV, China’s answer to the Oscars. Furthermore she has lectured at one of India’s top film schools in late 2023 and has presided over TV and advertising juries in Europe and the USA

During her tenure at The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles, Chantal ran many high-profile Hollywood events. She frequently moderated at BAFTA’s film events  and interviewed a plethora of household names from George Clooney, Jane Fonda and Robert De Niro to the cast of Downton Abbey.

Chantal executive produced the globally broadcast BAFTA Britannia Awards in Hollywood which attracted many Hollywood A-listers: Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon and Samuel L Jackson to name a few. This show and the famous BAFTA Tea Parties in Hollywood garner enormous publicity, giving the organisation international status, influence and impact. While living in Hollywood she regularly attended the Oscars, the Emmys and the Golden Globes.

Chantal Rickards offers two Cruise Speeches

Hollywood uncovered: a sneak peek at how Hollywood works from a Hollywood insider. The long path from conception to completion is a creative and commercial tight rope act where anything can go wrong. Chantal’s time in LA spanned #OscarsSoWhite and the #MeToo movement, a period of intense soul searching in Hollywood where the showbusiness industry immediately remodelled its working practices.

Have you always wanted to create a TV programme? How does a TV programme get made and how do you protect your idea? From game shows to dramas, the inside track on what makes a good programme great, how to get the right stars involved, how to sell it overseas and the most important thing, how to make big money.





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