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RTS Scotland's AGM celebrates 2019 and Burns night

Scotland AGM

Members and guests came together for the AGM, followed by an evening of entertainment and food in celebration of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns.

The committee’s AGM report reviewed the busy activities of 2019, which included a growth in membership and a record number of award entries.

Guests were treated to a “veganuary” haggis supper, served by Glasgow-based Freddy & Hicks, and a performance from local women’s comedy group, Witsherface.

RTS Scotland launched its 2020 student awards at STV Headquarters at the start of October

RTS Scotland awards launch at STV (Credit: Ben Gallacher)

They included Sedona May Tubbs and Kieran Howe, who were part of the team from the Royal Conservatoire Scotland who won the Drama category with their film What Separates Us From the Beast.

Sedona said, “any students thinking about submitting their work should not be afraid and just submit and keep submitting”.

A similar message was echoed by Marco Di Gioia from the University of Stirling’s team that produced the Factual category winner, The Bad Guy.

TV writers give a masterclass in scriptwriting for RTS Scotland

April Chamberlain, Lorna Martin and Stuart Hepburn (Credit: Ben Gallacher)

Lorna Martin, who won the inaugural Writers Award at the RTS Scotland Awards in June, encouraged would-be writers in the audience to put pen to paper: “People want your story. There’s so many production companies and they want content.”

Martin – who adapted her best-selling book, Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for UKTV channel W and RTÉ2 (Women on the Verge) – continued: “Look for the type of production company whose shows resonate with you or [make] shows you like – I think that’s crucial.”

She added: “And send them a nice email.”

RTS Scotland celebrates television talent at 2019 awards

On-screen Personality winner Sabrina Grant (Credit: Harrison Reid)

Cosgrove, who led the Scotland team that campaigned successfully to bring one of the Channel 4 hubs to Glasgow, is the latest recipient of the prestigious RTS Scotland Award.

The inaugural Writer award went to Lorna Martin, who adapted her best-selling book, Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for television. Women on the Verge, a Merman/House Productions series, aired on UKTV channel W and RTÉ2.

RTS Scotland Awards 2019

The RTS Scotland Awards returned to the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow for the ceremony and was presented by Jennifer Reoch and Des Clarke.

Congratulations to all our winners and nominees, they are a wonderful representation of the great work coming out of Scotland.

RTS Scotland Student Television Awards 2019

The Royal Television Society’s Scotland Centre, honored the winners of its 2019 Student Awards, sponsored by STV, at a glittering ceremony held at The Argyle Street Arches, Glasgow. The event was hosted by STV News entertainment reporter Laura Boyd and comedic double act Link & Lorne. As part of a new partnership we are delighted to have STV support the Scotland Student Awards by filming the event to broadcast edited highlights on the STV Player after the event.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland wins big at the RTS Scotland Student Awards

Camera award winner Johnstone Macpherson-Stewar and Simon Pitts, CEO of STV (Credit: Éva I Sibinszki/Glasgow Clyde College)

Students from the Glasgow arts academy took home the Drama award for What Separates Us From the Beast and triumphed in four of the Craft Skills categories, including the new Writing prize, which was won by Robin Boreham for Incoming Tide.

The University of Glasgow entered the awards for the first time and scooped the Short Form prize for War Museum. Edinburgh College of Art (Animation), Glasgow Clyde College (Comedy and Entertainment and Craft Skills – Editing) and the University of Stirling (Factual) won the other awards.

RTS Republic of Ireland, RTS Scotland and RTS East appoint new centre chairs

Charles Byrne

He has served on the RoI committee since the centre launched in 1996 and took over from founding Chair Al Lennon in 2000. “Al was the inspiration for the RoI centre and it’s been a great honour to continue his work,” said Byrne.

He is proud that the centre’s Student Television Awards have grown over the past decade: “I’ve been delighted that jury chair Marie Penston and I have been able to build up the awards. For a small centre, we have enjoyed great success at the national awards in London.”

RTS Scotland 2019 Awards launch

Scotland RTS trophies

Chair of judges Lisa Hazlehurst, who is head of Lion Television in Scotland, unveiled the categories and criteria at the launch event.

She also announced a new category for writers to “recognise the wealth of writing talent in Scotland. The judges will be looking for originality, innovation, style and creativity.”

A number of winners from the 2018 awards attended the event and shared their experiences of landing an RTS trophy.