Which shows have been your most talked about in the last year? Whose performances have kept you glued to the screen? Which production companies have been turning out hit after hit?
We want to know your favourites: whether they’re behind the camera or on-screen; established names or breakout stars; from actors to executives and from docs to drama; we want to know who’s made an impression on you in the last 12 months.
Let us know your standout individuals, production companies and shows from across the broadcast sector, and they could be in line for one of the industry’s top awards. For more details or to suggest a name, email the team on firstname.lastname@example.org, or get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
This year’s RTS Programme Awards, long considered the gold standard of achievement in the television community, took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London this week.
In partnership with Audio Network and hosted this year by Richard Madeley, the awards celebrate excellence across all genres of television programming, with prizes in twenty five categories. In honour of another year of outstanding British television, let’s have a closer look at some of the big winners.
The winner in the Documentary Series category was The Romanians Are Coming, produced by Keo Films for Channel 4, which beat competition from Reggie Yates’ Extreme Russia and The Detectives.
With the number of immigrants rising in the UK and laws changing around the possibility of work, this documentary series explored the lives of Romanians trying to make a new life in Britain.
We talk to BroadcastTECH Runner of the Year winner, Jack Whitney, about his career so far and his aims for the future.
What made you want to pursue a career within post production?
I’ve always wanted to work in sound in some shape or form, and so I decided to move down to London 2 years ago to find a job that involved working in audio. I was really curious to see how the TV & film industry worked, so I applied and got a job as a runner at a post production facility and there I learnt about the many avenues of Post Production. But since being at 5A Studios, I have learnt about the ways in which audio is used in post production, and this has really made me want to pursue a career in audio post.
What do you think made you stand out to be nominated and win Broadcast Tech’s Runner of the Year Award?
I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’ve done quite a lot during the short time I’ve been working in the industry. I’ve been quite hungry for it, and have managed to juggle quite a few other roles whilst maintaining a good standard of running.
The ProductionBase team got their gladrags on at The Hospital Club last night for the inaugural Broadcast TECH Young Talent Awards, which honour those under 30 working in the fields of broadcast craft and technology. There were 11 hotly contested awards up for grabs covering a range of disciplines.
ProductionBase were proud sponsors of the Runner of the Year award, which featured some top nominees from across the industry. Congratulations to Jack Whitney (@Jack_Whitney) of 5A Studios, who came out on top for his creativity and efficiency, also impressing top clients with his sound design and track laying skills. Jack’s next assignment will be his first musical composition, for Discovery series Mercenaries. We’ll be featuring a full Q&A with Jack in our next Word of Mouth newsletter, so look out for that in the coming weeks.
Also highly commended was Mark Hills (Soho Square Studios) who was nominated in part for his work on the short film, Rabbit Foot, due to screen at next years’ Sundance Festival. For a full list of winners visit Broadcast TECH.
The summer is drawing to a close (boo…), the days are starting to feel a tad colder (double boo…) so it can only mean one thing; it’s the start of the awards season.
Here at PB towers, we are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for this year’s Freelancer of the Year Awards. As in previous years, it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the talent of some of the unsung heroes in television and film production – we all know who they are; they do lots (and lots) of hard work, make things happen, always have a smile on their face and still have time for everyone else while their social life takes a back seat (well, more like the spare seat… in the boot).
There are four categories that cover the first jobber to the seasoned veteran so there’s no excuse for anyone to miss out…
This week PB’s Joe Mahoney gives a brief update on the forthcoming Freelancer of the Year Awards and networking event.
Many thanks to all the production companies and freelancers that have sent in their nominations to this year’s Freelancer of the Year Awards. The response has been fantastic and has made the selection process for the judges a real headache – but we wouldn’t want it any other way!
We are delighted to welcome on board our sponsor, Sony Professional Media, who have graciously offered up prizes worth a few thousand pounds to the category winners.
I think it’s important to remind people why we do this; so many production people miss out on the usual gongs that are handed out every year via the well established ceremonies. Of course, richly deserved though they are, many talented and hard working people simply don’t get a look in.