Former specialist editor and journalist Elspeth Tavares has died peacefully at her home in London following a short illness.
Tavares was the founder, publisher and editor of The Business of Film, an independent film industry trade publication founded in 1980.
Educated in London, she began her career in publishing with the London newspaper The Observer where she learned the business of printing and advertising sales. Her success with the prestigious national newspaper led her to an appointment with the British film specialist newspaper, Screen International, where she rose to the position of managing director, restructuring the company and turning it into a profitable business.
Tavares’ background in publishing consumer, trade and national newspapers, combined with his expertise in the international film industry, resulted in the creation of The Business of Film with offices in London and Los Angeles. It was proud to pioneer new technologies and the publication was the first international business newspaper to move to full electronic delivery and introduce online interactivity between advertisers and readers.
With its own publication it was at the forefront of nurturing new young talent and for the first decade of its existence The Business of Film ran a trainee journalism program for graduates of Oxford and Cambridge in order to ground them in the complexities of international cinema. Company.
Tavares was also the founder of The Women’s International Film and Television Showcase (The WIFTS), a foundation that has worked to create a new strand of recognition for outstanding women that showcases individuality in all walks of life and brings them together through the art form of film and television. An annual awards ceremony was held in Los Angeles from 2008 to 2019.
Tavares was a Fellow of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and a founding member of Women in Film, London. She is survived by her son and grandson.