In mid-May, RTS Yorkshire announced the nominations for its 2019 Awards at a launch party sponsored by Leeds TV and film production facility Prime Studios.
Just under 100 industry professionals gathered at Prime’s new events space, Archive, to discover whether their work had made it on to the awards shortlist. Larry and Paul, a comedy act who have built up a strong local following on BBC Radio Leeds, hosted the launch.
Nominations for the 18 awards categories reflected the healthy level of production in the Yorkshire region. The hotly contested factual awards earned multiple nominations for Daisybeck Studios, Air TV, True North and True Vision Yorkshire.
The region’s wide range of drama production was reflected in nominations for Ackley Bridge, Emmerdale, and Jack Dee and Pete Sinclair’s ITV sitcom, Bad Move. The news categories will see the traditional battle between ITV’s Calendar and the the BBC’s two Look North programmes.
The next generation of talent in the region was also recognised. Nominations for the One To Watch category are made by their employers and, with five names put forward, the future of production in the region seems assured.
The RTS Yorkshire Awards will be held on 14 June at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds.
Later in May, RTS Yorkshire and Screen Yorkshire supported a social media masterclass, also held at Prime Studios.
A full house of 30 heard Jo Booth – director and head trainer at Manchester-based outfit Social Media Makes Sense – outline how productions companies can get the most out of social media platforms.
“Around half the UK’s population are on Facebook – you’d be mad not to use this tool to talk to your audiences,’ said Booth.