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Royal visit: ‘Brits to Watch’ to meet William and Kate in L.A.

July 1, 2011 |  1:01 pm


The names of 42 "Brits to Watch," who will mingle with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Hollywood executives during the royal visit to Southern California, was released by the British Academy of Film & Television on Friday.

On July 9, Prince William and his wife, Catherine, will attend the inaugural "BAFTA Brits to Watch" event at the historic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles in order to "help highlight the incredible depth and range of great British talent currently emerging in film, television and video games," BAFTA said in a statement.

There, British up-and-comers will have the opportunity to meet with Hollywood executives in an attempt to build connections within the industry.

Among the attendees selected by BAFTA are writer Jack Thorne, "The Mentalist" star Owain Yeoman and writer/director James Bobin, who's worked on "Flight of the Conchords" and "Da Ali G Show."

The attendees were selected by a BAFTA panel based on a "number of criteria," and the organization said they are not total industry newcomers.

"They will generally not be complete beginners in their industry and will have already begun to show real promise," BAFTA said, later adding, "Amongst the group, there is a range of experience, but what they all have in common is that our panel has seen in them a real spark of talent and creativity and we should expect to hear more from them in the future."

The event falls on the second day of the royal couple's three-day visit to California.

The full list of attendees can be found on the BAFTA website.


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Photo: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive at Parliament Hill for Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa on Friday. Credit: Chris Jackson / Getty Images