“The winner of this award has made great strides in a very short time. In less than a year much has been achieved to establish an inclusive and productive station."
Tim Marshall, television producer and CEO at Janet(UK)
Enterprising Staffordshire University television students have scooped a top industry prize just eight months into setting up their new television production society, Staffs TV.
Staffs TV beat 40 other top Universities to the prestigious award at a gala event at Exeter University this weekend.
The 40th National Student Television Association (NaSTA) Awards Ceremony recognised the outstanding work that societies like Staffs TV have produced over the past 12 months.
Staffs TV won The Tim Marshall Award for Special Recognition, an award for outstanding achievement. Tim Marshall started his career with the BBC and went on to senior roles at Walt Disney as well as acting as quality controller in many Olympic broadcasts.
He said: “The winner of this award has made great strides in a very short time. In less than a year much has been achieved to establish an inclusive and productive station.
"They’ve shown great innovation and energy by quickly training up a crew of 50 people. Training has played a key part – whether it be tutorials, production of handbooks or using real shows to train people to do the job.
“The trust from the university has meant that work at the station is regarded as legitimate work experience. As well as hands on experience, useful relationships with industry are being established to develop career opportunities.”
Entrepreneurial BSc Hons Film Production Technology students Matt Brading and Sophie Piedallu set up Staffs TV which is backed by the Students Union and which makes programmes which are broadcast on the internet.
Staffs TV also won second prize for the Best Live programme, its production of its television studio show called What’sNext. This live programme was produced every week in the multi camera TV Studio at Staffordshire University in Stafford and broadcast live.
Sophie, who studied Television Studio Production module in her second year on the BSc Hons Film Production Technology award said:
"Staffs TV has been a brilliant opportunity to show intuition and leadership. I think that doing this was a good way of developing my ability to work under a lot of pressure, deal with a big group of people and coordinate big events and these skills will be very useful for my desired future job as a film director.
“ I hope that the organisation that we have set up will continue to benefit students at Staffordshire University. We think we have already achieved a lot, having offered the students a live stream for both the Elections and Varsity.
Students from across the university are allowed to join the ground breaking television society, with many gaining work experience that they can carry on real life productions with credits for industry work.
Fiona Graham Award Leader for the BSc Hons Television Production Technology award said: “Innovative and inspiring creators Sophie and Matt have put their heart and soul into this Society. Their efforts have been inspirational to all involved and many congratulations on their success.”
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