Joint founding directors of The Farm Group will be honoured at the British Academy Television Craft Awards on Friday 17 July 2020.
London, 7 July 2020: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced today that Nicky Sargent and Vikki Dunn will be recognised at the upcoming British Academy Television Craft Awards with a BAFTA Special Award, one of the Academy’s highest honours.
The pair will receive the BAFTA Television Craft Special Award in recognition of their exceptional careers and dedication to the field of television post-production.
After initially working together at Molinare and The Television Corporation, the pair founded The Farm Group in 1998. With facilities in London, Bristol and Manchester as well as inside BBC North, UKTV and Fremantle, The Farm has received worldwide acclaim for work that spans genres and has garnered much industry respect for its investment in and nurturing of talent, along with its devotion to the post-production crafts across editing, VFX & colour grading.
The Farm has contributed to many hundreds of thousands of primetime programming hours both in the UK and internationally, with an Emmy, nine RTS awards, five BAFTA TV Craft Awards and four Broadcast Awards for Best Post Production House for its high calibre of work. The Farm is synonymous with technical care – known for excellence, innovation and reliability. Led by a majority-female board, they embrace and develop talent, champion training and create opportunities for their staff.
Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said: “We are thrilled to be awarding Nicky Sargent and Vikki Dunn our prestigious Special Award. From the very beginning, The Farm set themselves apart through covering a wide range of genres, quickly gaining an international reputation for excellence. Their award-winning work is underpinned by an outstanding approach to their creative workforce, and their nurturing of talent. I want to extend my personal thanks for all they have contributed to our industry and my congratulations for this well-deserved award.”
Nicky Sargent said: “We are delighted that BAFTA has chosen to recognise this sector and, in particular everyone at The Farm. This award is truly for everyone we have worked with over the years.
Vikki Dunn said: “We have been lucky to work with the very best talent and clients. We are humbled and honoured.”
The BAFTA Television Craft Award is one of the Academy’s highest honours. Previous recipients of the award include; script supervisor Emma Thomas, the production team behind Game of Thrones, prop-master Bobby Warans and Casting director Nina Gold.
This year’s British Academy Television Craft Awards will take place on Friday 17 July and will be hosted by Stephen Mangan. Tune in on BAFTA’s YouTube channel from 19:00 on Friday 17 July.
It is the first time that the TV Craft ceremony will be held digitally, following the ceremony’s postponement due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards ceremony will take place on Friday 31 July on BBC One.
The Virgin Media BAFTA Television awards and the BAFTA Television Craft Awards champion excellence by recognising and celebrating the very best in British television programmes, performances and behind-the-scenes talent from 2019. Chernobyl leads this year’s nominations with 14 nominations, followed by The Crown with seven, six each for Fleabag and Girl/Haji, five for His Dark Materials and four nominations each for Killing Eve, Sex Education and Top Boy.
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