Makers of ‘Agatha Raisin’ partner with tve to support sustainability film awards

Press Release

29 September 2016: media charity tve has teamed up with leading production company Free@Last TV Ltd to produce a one-hour broadcast special of the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards 2016 in association with Fastflow Group. Now in their fifth year, the awards celebrate the work of companies driving environmental and social change.

Free@Last TV – which co-produced the high profile ‘Agatha Raisin’ drama series for Sky One – will produce the special programme for distribution to broadcasters around the world.

Barry Ryan, Managing Director of Free@Last TV said: ‘I’ve been following the increasing success and impact of the Awards for several years now. I’m delighted that, as a company, we are going to be able to help them reach an even bigger television audience, showcasing some amazing ideas for a better way of doing business to viewers globally.’

The closing date for entries, to be submitted via the dedicated Awards website, is this Friday, 30 September.

For the third year running, students from the University of Westminster will also be joining the production team on the Awards night at BAFTA on Monday 28 November. The third year BA (Hons) Television Production students will be involved right across the evening’s coverage and will gain valuable broadcast work experience.

Cheryl Campbell, executive director of tve said: ‘These partnerships take the potential of the Awards to inspire change to a new level. We are incredibly grateful to both Barry Ryan and the team at Westminster University for the vision they bring to the Awards. The deadline for entries is this Friday, but already we can see that more and more companies are rising to the challenge of doing business and doing good in innovative ways – it is great to know that, thanks to these partnerships, we are going to get these stories out to even bigger audiences.’

Rob Benfield, Senior Lecturer of BA (Hons) Television Production at the University of Westminster said: ‘The partnership with tve and Free@Last TV to produce the Global Sustainability Film Awards is a great opportunity for the students to have programme-making practice with a professional broadcast project. Westminster’s mission statement of “practice informed teaching” is underpinned by this project and the school of Media Art and Design’s aims reflect tve’s own mission to inspire change towards a fairer, greener world through media.’

The Awards are attracting a wide range of entries from across the globe. Companies can enter films of up to ten minutes in length on their innovations in sustainability and the environment. gsfa.tve.org/enter-awards/

This year’s categories reflect the global goals for sustainable development agreed by world leaders in 2015. These goals set ambitious targets for world development, including eradicating poverty and hunger; ensuring good health, quality education for all and gender equality; and setting targets for affordable and clean energy, climate action and responsible consumption and production.

Notes to editors

tve creates and enables others to create powerful, effective communications about the environment and development. Through film, animation, documentaries, debates and social media, the media charity reaches global audiences, giving a voice to a new generation committed to a greener and fairer world. www.tve.org

Fastflow Group is the Awards’ main sponsor for the second year running. The Group operates within the support services and infrastructure sectors supplying cost-effective and value-added services in a collaborative, proactive, fair and responsible manner. Fastflow Group has a customer base including public and private organisations such as FTSE top 100 giant National Grid, leading water companies Northumbrian Water Group, Scottish Water and Housing Associations A2Dominion, Catalyst Housing and Southern Housing.

The company embraces the strategic, competitive advantages of a sustainable business model and conducts its business ethically, thereby establishing and maintaining long-term relationships to make a positive contribution to society. www.fastflow.co.uk

Free@Last TV Limited is an independent media production company specialising in creative and innovative entertainment & factual programming. Founded in 2000 Free@Last TV has offices in both London and Brighton. The company has a core staff of four and a development strategy across a range of genres and content avenues. www.freeatlasttv.co.uk

The University of Westminster is a leading education provider. The University’s commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe. www.westminster.ac.uk

Eco-Age is a partner for this year’s Awards. It is an ideas consultancy which powerfully aggregates global thought leaders and influencers to address the compelling issues and opportunities of our day by delivering solutions, through ethical and sustainable values. Eco-Age has a market leading track record for addressing sustainability issues across complex supply chains, in broad industry sectors, for the mutual benefit of people and planet. Eco-Age.com

For media enquiries, contact Rollo Gordon, Awards fundraiser and coordinator rollo.gordon@tve.org.uk  0207 963 7451