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Awards showcase for TV production business in Northern Ireland

By Margaret Canning

The achievements of the TV production industry in Northern Ireland will be celebrated at an awards ceremony in November.

The Royal Television Society (RTS) Programme Awards will recognise the work of production teams in everything from news and current affairs to drama and animation.

The regional awards on November 5 are coinciding with the annual Belfast Media Festival.

Companies, teams and individuals are encouraged to enter before the deadline of September 16. A spokesman said: "The regional awards represent a new opportunity to recognise the importance of the industry to the local economy and to celebrate the wealth of local talent and creativity on home ground.

"It comes at a time when the local TV and film production industry has never been stronger and is playing an important role in job and skills creation as well as showcasing the best of Northern Ireland on a world stage."

The RTS has partnered with BBC Northern Ireland, Channel 4, Northern Ireland Screen and UTV to stage its inaugural Programme Awards for Northern Ireland to hold the event.

Kieran Doherty, managing director of Northern Ireland production company Stellify Media, said: "In recent years, Northern Ireland has established itself as an exciting new centre of creativity. Highlights have included The Fall, a record-breaker for BBC and Netflix, Waddell Media's The Secret World of Lego achieving the highest ratings for a single documentary on Channel 4 this year, DoubleBand's critically acclaimed Road, Sixteen South's Broadcast Award for Lily's Driftwood Bay and of course Game of Thrones, the most talked about TV show in the world."

The RTS is inviting applications from individuals, broadcasters and companies based in or working in Northern Ireland to enter the awards. Submissions must have first aired between January 1 ,2014 and May 31, 2015.

Further details can be found on https://rts.org.uk/region/northern-ireland/awards

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