The Break-Through Talent Award in 2008 recognised the outstanding new talent of director, editor and sound-recorder, Jezza Neumann.
The BAFTA Break-Through Talent Award pays tribute to an individual whose emerging talents have come to fruition in the last year. Not a true 'beginner's award', it is designed to recognise talent displayed in any part of the behind-the-camera production process - from development through to delivery and across all genres.
The Award in 2008 was presented to JEZZA NEUMANN for his extraordinary work on 'China’s Stolen Children – A Dispatches Special' (Channel 4/True Vision). He almost single-handedly directed, edited, filmed and sound-recorded his brave undercover investigation into the theft of children, a by-product of China’s one child policy.
On the night, Jezza Neumann also collected the the Director Factual Award, adding to the BAFTA win for 'China’s Stolen Children' in the Current Affairs category at the 2007 British Academy Television Awards.
Break-Through Talent Nominees:
The remaining nominations for the Break-Through Talent Award sponsored in 2008 by MediaCity:UK were...
- MARK O'ROWE (writer) – Boy A (Channel 4/Cuba Pictures)
- WRITING TEAM – Skins (E4/Company Pictures)
*PATRICK REAMS (producer/director/writer) – A Very British Sex Scandal (Channel 4/Blast! Films)