Oh what a night!
The stars of the Television and broadcast world were out in force for this years RTS Awards 2014 including Melanie Hill, Jonathan Edwards, Martin Shaw, Jason Cook, James Baxter, Brenda Blethyn and Picture Canning North’s Company director had an unexpected surprise waiting for him in the form of an award to honour his contribution to the industry.
Picture Canning North’s Company Director, Jamie Hutchinson was awarded the Royal Television Society’s Centre Award for the North East and Border Awards, which took place on Saturday night at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead.
The centre award goes to the person, team or organisation whose work has made an outstanding contribution to any aspect of the industry.
Jamie started the business 10 years ago after moving back to his native area in the North East , he left London where he spent time working on productions and for Picture Canning Company and decided to bring his own facilities company to the North East. Picture Canning North was created, the business began in a spare room at his parents’ house in Northumberland with a few cameras and a van and has continued to expand ever since. Now trading from a huge warehouse in Byker Jamie continues to bring the latest equipment to those in the North East and beyond.
In making the Centre Award presentation, Theresa Wise (Chief Executive, RTS) said:
In our sector, you always find that the most successful and admired organisations and individuals are the ones who come up with that little bit extra, and this year’s winner has certainly done that.
We are talking about someone who is at the very heart of production and has for the last ten years invested in the people, facilities and infrastructure to ensure that programmes, movies and commercials are shot here — instead of in less dynamic places like London or Hollywood.
This person has encouraged and mentored countless crew — from camera assistants and grips to producers and directors. We’ve heard from dozens of professionals now working at the highest level in television and film production who credit this man with launching their careers. If he believes in your project, he will go out of his way to make the budget and the resources work.
And in a fast-changing market, he is constantly investing in the very latest kit and facilities. He works with national and international production companies — but it’s his reputation here in the North of England, which marks him out.
In the ten years he has run Picture Canning North from Newcastle, tonight’s recipient has turned it from an unremarkable broadcast equipment hire rental house into a major business that supports production — and in a very practical way, develops the talent to work on those projects. Regularly providing workshops and training to enable crews to master the very latest kit.
Modest, determined and highly regarded by executives and crews alike, our winner has played a major role in ensuring that this region’s production sector continues to punch above its weight.