Awards winners announced 2016

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Celebrate the best in UK production.

Now in its third year, the Production Guild Awards in association with Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, recognise the expertise, experience and excellence of Production Guild members working in film and television drama within the production office, production accounts, location management, VFX, post-production and assistant directing roles, and the people who support them.

Five awards will be presented to mark individual or team contributions to the UK film and TV drama industry at a ceremony supported by Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, to be held at The Grove, Saturday 24 September 2016.

This year’s Production Guild Awards is again supporting the charity MAMA Youth Project, which works to increase diversity in the TV and film industry and improve employment prospects for young people, by equipping them with core skills and working practices to help them secure meaningful work.

The winners are:

Assistant Accountant Pollyanna Gill – winner of the Production Guild Spotlight Award, in association with Pinewood MBS Lighting

A graduate of the Production Guild’s 2014 Assistant Production Accountants Training Scheme (APATS) supported by Creative Skillset, Pollyanna’s natural ability, attitude and dedication have resulted in a packed and promising early career. As a trainee, she started out on ITV’s Midsomer Murders and Now You See Me 2 (Lionsgate), returning to both productions as Accounts Assistant after finishing her training. She has since worked as Payroll Assistant on upcoming wartime romantic thriller Allied (Paramount), starring Brad Pitt, and is currently Assistant Accountant on a feature in pre-production.

The production team on The Night Manager (The Ink Factory) – winner of the Production Guild Member/Team of the Year Award, in association with Panavision

Shot over 75 days in four countries, this contemporary interpretation of John le Carré’s spy drama brings together love, loss and revenge in a story about modern criminality with lavish locations, stunning set-pieces and stellar performances. The series was developed, financed and produced by The Ink Factory and co-produced by AMC and the BBC. Nominated for 12 Emmys and winning Emmys for director Susanne Bier as well as composer Victor Reyes, it has been sold to over 180 countries internationally, with the finale on the BBC watched by nearly 10m viewers.

The team comprises Production Guild members:

• Associate Producer Jose Luis Escolar and Line Producer Matthew Patnick
• Unit Production Manager Clare Finnegan and Production Co-ordinator Juliette Woodcock
• Chief Accountant Robin Green, 1st Assistant Accountant Nikki Chamberlin, Payroll Accountant Amanda Fernie, Assistant Accountant/Cashier Kamlesh Acheson, and Accounts Assistant Carmela Caruso
• 1st Assistant Director (Devon) Martin Krauka, 1st Assistant Director (Mallorca) Neil Wallace and 2nd Assistant Director (Crowd – UK shoot) James Adkin
• Supervising Location Manager Tom Howard, Location Manager Caspar Mill and Location Co-ordinator Jessica Woodland
• London Contact, Travel, Accommodation & Shipping Co-ordinator Arabella Gilbert

The production was overseen by Head of Physical Production at The Ink Factory and Production Guild member Jane Frazer.

Location Manager Harriet Lawrence – winner of the Production Guild Inspiration Award, in association with Working Title

Harriet started out in location management in 2004, working in commercials before going on to dramas and independent UK features. She has found the moon on Earth, Scotland inside of the M25, the Maldives in a Heathrow hotel and Wolverhampton in Central Scotland, and has filmed on beaches, mountains, prisons and stately homes. On Suffragette (Pathé), she took the first feature film crew to shoot in the House of Commons. Other credits include Burton and Taylor, Fleming, and the Outnumbered series for BBC; set up the first series of ITV’s Downton Abbey; and all Stephen Poliakoff dramas in the last 10 years, including Dancing on the Edge (BBC). This summer she wrapped on My Cousin Rachel (Fox Searchlight), adapted and directed by Roger Michell.

Harriet has run training for Assistant Location Managers at both Film London and the Production Guild, and has trained over 65 of the next generation of location managers.

Hugh Whittaker and Jackie Rowden – joint winners of the Production Guild Contribution to the Industry Award, in association with Kodak

Described as an ‘indomitable team,’ Hugh and Jackie both separately and together have demonstrated a standalone commitment to new film-makers. Over decades and at various service companies, they have supported countless new DOPs, gaffers, lighting crews, directors and producers for the benefit of the industry.

Jackie joined Lee Electric Lighting in 1972. In 2010 she was approached by Warner Bros. to set up a brand new production rental business at Leavesden and has built from scratch a strong team and inventory for lights, mobile generation, trucks and scaffold, supporting productions at Leavesden and beyond.

Hugh joined Kodak Motion Picture Group in the late 1970s, supplying camera negative and camera equipment to features, TV and commercials. In 1987 he joined JDC, which subsequently became Panavision London. He is now Director of Panavision Europe.

Between them they have supplied equipment to hundreds of productions from Steptoe and Son (MGM-EMI), through to the Harry Potter series (Warner Bros.) and many of the James Bond films (Sony), as well as Quadrophenia (Brent Walker), Batman (Warner Bros.), Out of Africa (UIP), Saving Private Ryan (UIP), The Bourne Ultimatum (UPI), and the as-yet-untitled Star Wars VIII (Disney).

Terry O’Neill – recipient of the Production Guild Special Award, given posthumously

Terry worked for over 30 years in the UK entertainment/media insurance industry, across all production genres. As client director at Arthur J Gallagher he provided services to international productions around the world for companies including Time Warner, Viacom/Paramount, Disney, Fox Corp, Eon, MGM, CBS and Sony. Highly regarded by risk managers, he was an instrumental figure for many film producers and production managers. Terry regularly supported the Production Guild by providing insurance tutorials for its courses and passing on his wealth of knowledge. He was thoughtful, generous and kind-hearted, and will be sadly missed.

Alison Small, Chief Executive of the Production Guild said:
“The Production Guild Awards celebrate the vital part our members play in the creation of UK film and TV drama. The quality and calibre of recent UK productions are testament to their expertise and the part they play in enabling creative elements to reach new heights.

“Sustaining the supply of world-class crew is essential for the industry so I’m delighted to recognise both established contributors known for their support for new entrants, together with the new generation of production talent, for their combined roles in securing a competitive edge for future UK production.”

Dan Dark, Managing Director and SVP Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden said:
“It’s great to celebrate the fantastic wealth of talent from the UK film and television industry at the Production Guild Awards. The winners have all made an outstanding contribution to their fields and have set the bar incredibly high for future years. Congratulations!”

Darren Smith, Managing Director Pinewood MBS Lighting said:
“Our team at Pinewood MBS Lighting have been actively supporting the work of both the Production Guild and its membership for many years. We’re delighted to be a part of this celebration of UK production and are particularly proud to be giving due recognition to the valuable contribution made by the Guild’s newer members and future stars via our sponsorship of the Spotlight Award.”

Shefali Ghosh, Head of Finance, Working Title Films said:
“Working Title is delighted to sponsor the Production Guild Inspiration Award and to recognise the contribution of production talent to the UK industry.”

Hugh Whittaker, Director Panavision Europe said:
“Supporting the Production Guild Awards reflects our commitment to excellence in the industry and we are particularly delighted this year’s Member/Team of the Year Award recognises the work of production team behind the ground-breaking, quality TV drama The Night Manager.”

Sam Clark, Features, TV & Commercials Manager, Kodak Motion Picture and Entertainment said:
“Kodak is proud to be a supporter of the Production Guild Awards 2016 and delighted to be sponsoring one of the key awards for Contribution to the Industry. The Production Guild is such a great supporter of industry talent and we at Kodak look forward to continuing to support their members.”

Cristina Ciobanu, Director of Operations, Mama Youth Project said:
“The Production Guild Awards not only recognise the work of established production talent, but also highlight the work of MAMA Youth Project in supporting young people from under-represented groups and those with limited education or employment opportunities to find a foothold in the film and TV industry. For the last nine years, MAMA Youth Project has been training diverse talent at entry level into the industry – for over 90% of trainees this is their first paid employment and over 80% are still working in the industry 12 months later. We look forward to continuing to work with the Production Guild in the future, a relationship we value very much!”

The Production Guild Spotlight Award, Team/Member of the Year Award and Inspiration Award winners were nominated by the Production Guild’s industry membership, and selected by juries of leading industry professionals.

Nominations for the Production Guild Contribution to the Industry Award were made by the Production Guild members, then the board met to discuss the nominations and vote for a winner.

This year the Production Guild Board decided to confer a Special Award in recognition of a much loved and missed colleague.