RTS East

Our Friend in the East: Chiara Di Filippo

The East of England’s TV industry faces unique challenges and opportunities. I sat down with Charlie Gauvain, Managing Director of Eye Film in Norwich and Vice-Chair of RTS East, to discuss these dynamics and shed light on the region’s achievements and the hurdles it must overcome.

The East of England has seen less commissioning activity than areas such as the North East and South West. The situation is particularly dire this year. “There’s a lot less commissioning than there’s ever been,” says Gauvain.

Norwich students sweep up half of the RTS East Student Awards

The Drama award was awarded to She Hears Crying and the Factual prize went to Under the Blanket, both made by teams of students from Norwich University of the Arts.

She Hears Crying was praised by the judges for a “strong central performance and engaging narrative”, while Under the Blanket was “very engaging, with huge twists and great use of flashbacks”.

Geoffrey Smith: A life spent telling stories

His Emmys were for Presumed Guilty, an exposé of Mexico’s judicial system, and The English Surgeon, which follows a neurosurgeon working in Ukraine’s Soviet-era hospitals.

His first film took him to Haiti to help make a documentary about the country's first free election in 30 years. “On the morning of that historic election, we discovered 23 people had been massacred in a school voting station,” recalled Smith.

RTS East hosts TV networking event

More than 30 industry professionals and students gathered to make connections and chat over a drink.

Old friends and new talked about the growing production landscape here in the East of England. Businesses that have relocated from London to Norfolk spoke about the tremendous opportunities available to them and their clients, including reduced costs, lower environmental impact, and great locations and facilities.

The centre will be showcasing what the region has to offer in events throughout the year, and we’re very much looking forward to working with our new contacts.