The EVCOM Industry Awards 2018 shortlist threw up a few surprises, with a runaway leader followed by a pack of producers with multiple nominations.
The Industry Awards are one of the UK’s most prestigious brand video awards schemes. We’ve sorted through the numbers, looking only at the categories for film and video content.
The shortlist tells us what the client-led judging panels liked, but it doesn’t give any clues about who will win golds in November. Multiple nominations don’t guarantee trophies, so the story isn’t over yet.
Which brand film producers stood out?
Media Zoo is the agency to beat, boasting no fewer than 18 nominations in 11 film categories. The shortlisted projects were for six different clients, half of them in financial services. They are in middle of an amazing run in industry awards wins – click here to see how they fared in the 2017 edition of the Industry Awards.
drp/GrosvenorFilm (the former owns the latter, so we group them together) took 12 nominations for seven projects, with GrosvenorFilm focusing on its public sector core business and drp on brands. Industry leaders The Edge Picture Company grabbed eight nominations, spread over six brand clients and six categories.
Plastic Pictures were awarded six nominations in six categories for three of their long-standing brand clients. Affixxius Films matched them on six, maintaining their strength in the public sector and education with projects for the police, fire service and the NHS.
BP-TV are the standout in-house team, shortlisted in five categories for the same HR film. RD Content and Radley Yeldar picked up five nominations each.
EVCOM have introduced a mysterious ‘confidential’ element, hiding the name of a handful of nominees. All will be revealed at the Autumn Awards lunch on 30th November. EVCOM don’t publish the project titles so our figures might include the odd live events project from the Communications categories.
The Production Company of the Year categories – one for smaller agencies, another for larger ones – remain open for entry until 10th September. It’s worth noting that some of the film craft categories from the old EVCOM Screen Awards can no longer be squeezed into the Industry Awards scheme.
We will give the final reckoning when the winners and the project titles are revealed. For now, the full EVCOM Industry Awards 2018 shortlist is here.
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EVCOM Board refresh
The EVCOM Board was unveiled at the AGM and has strong representation from the screen sector. Rachel Pendered is the new chair and is joined by three vice-chairs including Sara Cooper, CEO of Plastic Pictures.
Brand film experts Miles Latham of Affixxius Films and Dagmar Mackett of drp Group have also been appointed. Jenny Varley (HSBC), Andrew Smith (A-Vision) and JJ Jackson (Performing Artistes) continue as directors.
Dale Parmenter (drp Group) has stepped down from the Board but remains in an advisory role alongside Pete Stevenson (The Edge Picture Company) on policy and campaigning matters.
Film specialists Steve Garratt (Giggle), Scott Horsfield (Media Zoo) and John Earnshaw (Integro) have left the Board after completing their terms.
It’s a shocking fact that Pendered is the first female chair in the history of EVCOM and the IVCA, and Jenny Jenkins is the first female CEO. The process of recruiting a gender balanced Board began three years ago and has now hit its target. Long may it continue.