Craft & Design Awards 2019
The winners for the 2019 Craft & Design Awards, sponsored by Gravity Media, have been announced.
The winners were announced at a prestigious ceremony held this evening at the London Hilton, Park Lane, and was hosted by political comedian Ahir Shah.
The RTS Craft & Design Awards celebrate excellence in broadcast television and aim to recognise the huge variety of skills and processes involved in programme production. They span across 30 categories in total, and this year Chernobyl led the way with six wins across Costume Design – Drama, Make Up Design – Drama, Music – Original Score, Photography – Drama & Comedy, Production Design – Drama and Sound - Drama categories.
The Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Mike McCarthy, who has an incredible ongoing career, from working as staff at the BBC at the dawn of Television Centre's construction, to many years since as an incredibly popular freelancer, witnessing, and surviving, many changes within the industry.
Sky Adsmart won the RTS Special Award, the service was recognised because of the ground-breaking work they are doing not only here in the UK but leading the way globally.
Chair of the Craft & Design Awards, Lee Connolly said: “We are constantly inspired and impressed with the incredible talent on display in our industry, and we are proud to honour the crafts people who make these shows possible – dedicating their time, energy and creativity to make some of the most impactful programming of the past year.”
About the sponsor
Gravity Media is a leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services to content owners, creators and distributors. We use the collective pull of our people and resources to capture, craft and create world-class content that inspires and excites. Our 500 people serve clients across the sport, media, news and entertainment industries from bases in the UK, Australia, USA, France, Germany and Qatar.
Gravity Media is a brand-new company with a 30-year pedigree, a force to be reckoned with formed by the coming together of four well known broadcast and production houses: Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment.
Find out more at www.gravitymedia.com.
The full list of winners and nominees are as follows:
Costume Design - Drama: Odile Dicks-Mireaux
Costume Design - Entertainment & Non Drama: Sam Perry
Design - Programme Content Sequences: Studio AKA, Steve Small, Nikki Kefford, Artworking & Animation Team
Design - Titles: Matt Willey
Design - Trails & Packaging: BBC Sport, BBC Creative & Park Pictures
Director - Comedy Drama/Situation Comedy: Nida Manzoor
Director - Documentary/Factual & Non Drama: Wendie Ottewill
Director – Drama: Shane Meadows
Director - Multicamera: Bridget Caldwell
Editing - Documentary/Factual: Claire Guillon
Editing - Drama: Matthew Gray
Editing - Entertainment and Comedy: Simon Whitcomb & Christine Pancott
Editing - Sport: Lukas Musil & David Snowdon
Effects: One Of Us
Lighting for Multicamera: Tim Routledge
Make Up Design - Drama: Daniel Parker
Make Up Design - Entertainment & Non Drama: Lisa Armstrong
Multicamera Work: Giuseppe Bianchi
Multicamera Work - Sport: Rhys Edwards, Matt Roberts & Laura McManamon
Music - Original Score: Hildur Gudnadottir
Music - Original Title: Samuel Sim
Photography - Documentary/Factual & Non Drama: Daniel Dewsbury, Stuart Bernard & Jonny Ashton
Photography - Drama & Comedy: Jakob Ihre
Picture Enhancement: Matt Brown
Production Design - Drama: Luke Hull and Clare Levinson-Gendler
Production Design - Entertainment & Non Drama: Dominic Tolfts
Sound - Drama: Stefan Henrix, Stuart Hilliker, Joe Beal, Harry Barnes & Michael Maroussas
Sound - Entertainment & Non Drama: Greg Gettens, Kim Tae Hak, Chad Orororo & Andy Paddon
RTS Special Award: Sky AdSmart
Over the course of TV history there have been many significant technological milestones, but very few led by an advertising development.
From Gibbs SR toothpaste, the first ever TV commercial, TV ads have retained their unrivalled position in marketing, one that we are reminded of more than ever this time of year. ‘As Seen on TV’ became seen as a stamp of approval and trust – that you were big enough to be able to afford to advertise on TV. TV was the reserve of the big spenders and was too expensive, broad and wasteful for everyone else.
But what was originally planned as a project to deliver relevant promos, evolved into a 7 year, £100m project that fundamentally changed TV advertising for good.
In 2014 Sky launched its addressable TV platform – and in the last 5 years has gone-on to transform who and how TV advertising can be used. A major technical achievement able to seamlessly, with frame by frame accuracy, replace ads in live linear content across millions of homes simultaneously based of almost unlimited audience and location attributes. Effectively turning set-top- boxes into local ad servers, this massively complex project would level the playing-field without anyone really noticing.
Addressable TV has democratised the advertising landscape. This year Sky released the collective findings from nearly 20,000 campaigns - from reducing channel switching in ad breaks by nearly half, increasing ad engagement & enjoyment by a third, and with 70% of brands using the platform ‘new to TV’ it’s delivered on its promise to make TV advertising available to businesses of all shapes and sizes. And attracting new money into TV the virtuous circle of investment means more money into producing world class UK content and shows.
Not only Is this ground-breaking in the UK but leading the way globally – Comcast, Sky’s new owner have now adopted the AdSmart brand and it’s recently been announced both Channel 4 and BBC will be using the technology too.
This years’ RTS Special Award goes to Sky AdSmart.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael McCarthy
The winner of this year's Lifetime Achievement award has an incredible ongoing career, from working as staff at the BBC at the dawn of Television Centre's construction, to many years since as an incredibly popular freelancer, witnessing, and surviving, many changes within the industry.
It is a career that has spanned 6 decades, the list of incredible shows he has helped bring to life is endless and many of you in this room will have worked with him, I guarantee all of you will have seen his work.
When we asked for a few lines from some of the people he has worked with, we were inundated. So much praise for his professionalism, for his willingness to make things work with the minimum fuss. They say He's the best of the best, an absolute legend, the ultimate professional........the Peter Pan of Sound Designers, and to this day, thankfully, he still has a hand on the sound of Saturday Night Television.