Television producer and writer to be honoured at Children’s Awards ceremony on 22 November
London, 13 November 2015: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has today announced that Jocelyn Stevenson, the award-winning television producer and writer, will be presented with the Special Award at this year’s British Academy Children’s Awards on the 22 November at the Roundhouse, London.
The Special Award recognises an individual’s outstanding contribution to children’s media and the entertainment industry.
Helen Blakeman, Chair of BAFTA’s Children’s Committee, said: “We are delighted that Jocelyn Stevenson is this year’s Special Award recipient. In the 20th anniversary of BAFTA’s Children’s Awards, Jocelyn has been integral to the children’s television, film and games industry over that time, creating well-loved favourites and iconic brands. All her work has one thing in common: creative excellence.”
Stevenson has worked in children’s television for over 30 years as a writer, creator, producer and executive producer. She started her career on Sesame Street and worked for many years as a writer and producer for the Jim Henson Company. She was also Chief Creative Officer at HIT Entertainment, Creative Director at TT Animation and Executive Creative Producer for film and television projects at Mind Candy. From 2001 to 2009, Stevenson served as a council member and chair on BAFTA’s Children’s Committee.
Stevenson’s credits include Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, Charlie Chalk, Jim Henson’s Ghost of Faffner Hall, The Animal Show with Stinky and Jake, Jim Henson’s Secret Life of Toys, The Magic Schoolbus, Brambley Hedge, Faeries, Mopatop’s Shop, The Hoobs, Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends, Barney & Friends, Rubbadubbers, Pingu, and What’s Your News?. In 2013, Stevenson co-wrote and co-produced the feature film Moshi Monsters: The Movie. Stevenson is currently working with Katie Bell at their new company developing a multi-platform, global initiative for children aged seven to 11.
Jocelyn Stevenson said: “Thank you so much to BAFTA. I’m thrilled, grateful and honoured to be accepting this award. I have been privileged to have worked with some of the most talented people in the industry throughout my career, and I look forward to celebrating with them on such an exciting night.”
The 20th British Academy Children’s Awards will be hosted by Doc Brown at the Roundhouse in Camden on 22 November.
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Notes to Editors:
The British Academy Children’s Awards were introduced as a stand-alone ceremony in 1996 and have become a well-established date for the children’s industry. The Awards are predominantly supported by broadcasters and independent production companies but guests are drawn from all areas of children’s media including film, television, games and online.
Categories include: Animation, Channel of the Year, Comedy, Drama, Entertainment, Factual, Feature Film, Game, Independent Production Company of the Year, Interactive - Adapted, Interactive - Original, International, Learning - Primary, Learning - Secondary, Performer, Pre-School Animation, Pre-School Live Action, Presenter, Short Form, Writer and the Special Award.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – featuring workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes – in the UK, USA and Asia; it offers unique access to the world’s most inspiring talent and connects with a global audience of all ages and backgrounds. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. To access the best creative minds in film, television and games production, visit www.bafta.org/guru. For more, visit www.bafta.org.