C.J. Latta - 1951

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C. J. Latta was head of ABC Cinemas/Warner Brothers in London and he, too, was one of the “founding twelve”. In the 1950s, cinema audiences were declining and C. J. Latta was instrumental in ABC’s decision to enter the UK television business. He backed many winners, including Armchair Theatre’s “gritty realism” productions, such as Alun Owen’s No Trams To Lime Street, although he confessed he didn’t understand all the dialogue. C. J. Latta was appointed CBE in 1964 for his contributions to entertainment and charity but, as an American, he received it at the Foreign Office, not Buckingham Palace.