Regional RTS award success for Teesside University

Creative Teesside University students are celebrating after winning accolades at a prestigious Royal Television Society awards ceremony.

The Royal Television Society North East and Border 2018 awards recognised achievements in broadcast journalism, production, writing and technical skills.

The ceremony which celebrated the best in the industry, was hosted in Gateshead this year by South Shields comedian and Hebburn writer Jason Cook, with prizes presented in 29 categories ranging from professional to student.

Teesside University took home two awards, the Regional Student Award for Animation, for The Boy and the Balloon, and Short Form Award for Find Out.

Justin Greetham, Senior Lecturer in Visualisation and Graphical Applications in the University’s Shool of Computing, Media & the Arts, accepted the Regional Student award on behalf of students Karl Bernhardt, Rebecca Pearce, Robert White, Bartek Wawrykow and Alex Cao for The Boy and The Balloon.

Justin said: “Teesside University has once again secured the award of Best Student Animation at the RTS awards. This achievement is a testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of all involved – both staff and students.”

He added the winning film-makers will join Teesside University alumni and industry experts at the ExpoTees London event taking place in June.

BA (Hons) Film and Television Production students TJ Simon and Nicky Mawdesley accepted the Short Form award for Find Out.

Alongside the student awards were a range of accolades for professional work, with popular drama Vera, which is filmed at locations across the region, winning the RTS Judges Award.

Other awards included BBC children’s favourite The Dumping Ground winning Best Drama and BBC2’s The Mighty Redcar, winning Best Broadcast Factual Production.

Two Teesside University graduates were involved in the making of the acclaimed Redcar documentary which followed the lives of young people in Redcar. Adam Mann and Jacob Ditchburn worked on the 72 Films production.

BA (Hons) Film and Television Production graduate Adam worked as a researcher for six months, whereas Jacob Ditchburn, who graduated from Teesside with a BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing, was on board as a Script Consultant. Filmed over the course of a year, The Mighty Redcar focused on life in a northern town.

Pictured: TJ Simon and Nicky Mawdesley who won the Short Form award for Find Out

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