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Hilary Briegel to Receive BAFTA Special Award

19 March 2015
  • Industry-renowned Vision Mixer of over 30 years to be honoured at British Academy Television Craft Awards, 26 April
  • Credits include Absolutely Fabulous, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Newsnight and the Olympic Games
  • Nominations for the Television Craft Awards to be announced on 23 March

London, 19 March 2015: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has today announced that industry-renowned vision mixer Hilary Briegel will be honoured with the BAFTA Special Award at this year’s British Academy Television Craft Awards on Sunday 26 April at The Brewery, London.

This year’s Special Award will recognise Briegel’s extensive work across a diverse range of productions, including Absolutely Fabulous, Only Fools and Horses, Newsnight, the Wimbledon Championships since 1989 and the Olympic Games since 1984, and be the first time it has been presented to a vision mixer.

Andrew Newman, Chairman of BAFTA’s Television Committee, said: “Hilary’s breadth of work is outstanding. From high profile, one-off events to series-long situational comedies and factual programmes, Hilary has consistently delivered the best in vision mixing and brought to life what we see on screen. With such a range of high quality television to her name and the significant accomplishments she has achieved within this creative industry, I’m delighted that Hilary is to receive this year’s Special Award.”

Hilary Briegel said: "I feel extremely honoured to be receiving this Special Award. Over the years, I have been incredibly fortunate to have worked on such a variety of wonderful programmes with so many talented production teams. Through their confidence in my vision mixing, I have been able to develop my craft within this industry. I look forward to celebrating this prestigious award on Sunday 26 April. Thank you BAFTA."

Beginning her career as a trainee Studio Manager at Broadcasting House and Bush House, Briegel has enjoyed a 32-year career as a vision mixer at the BBC, editing programmes live for transmission, including situational comedy, live events, entertainment, opera, ballet, music, news and children programmes. She has been at the controls for some of the most memorable television moments in history, including the marriage of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Olympic Games since 1984, every Remembrance Sunday since 1987, Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Working successfully under the extreme pressures of delivering seamless television to a mass audience is credit to her skill and professionalism in the role.

The nominations for the British Academy Television Craft Awards will be announced on Monday 23 March.

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