The NFTS's annual Graduation Ceremony saw the National Film and Television School (NFTS) Board of Governors bestow three new Honorary Fellowships. The prestigious accolades were awarded to BAFTA award-winning writer and director Sally Wainwright and Working Title Films founders Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.
NFTS Chairman Patrick McKenna presented the Fellowships, awarded to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the industry at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on Thursday 27th February 2020.
With a career spanning over 30 years, Sally Wainwright is the multi-award winning writer and director behind many of the most popular and acclaimed British television dramas of recent years including Gentleman Jack, Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax. Sally is the only person to have won three BAFTAs for her writing.
Co-chairs of Working Title Films since 1992, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner have forged a reputation as two of the UK’s most prominent and successful producers. Under their leadership, Working Title has produced over 100 films that have grossed in excess of $8 billion at the box office worldwide, whilst flying the flag for quality British films.
Sally Wainwright commented: “I am delighted to become an Honorary Fellow of the NFTS, and look forward to being part of such a prestigious organisation as it expands, particularly in the North with the opening of NFTS Leeds.”
Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner said: “As producers who hold both storytelling and education at the heart of what we do, we are hugely honoured to be receiving an Honorary Fellowship from the NFTS. For us, the NFTS represents the best in film education and consistently produces world class talent, some of which we have had the privilege to collaborate with over the years. We are excited to be joining the Honorary Fellows, a group of filmmakers that we’ve long admired.”
Patrick McKenna, NFTS Chairman added: “I am thrilled to award Sally Wainwright, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner each with an Honorary NFTS Fellowship. It is hugely important to us to recognise and reward key figures who have made outstanding contributions to the industry.
Sally’s accomplishments and credits within the field of television have brought to life unforgettable characters who are rooted in reality, multi-layered and hold a special place in the hearts and minds of British viewers. Sally continues to be a hugely important and influential voice in today’s industry.
Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner have been at the centre of the UK film business for the past 35 years and in that time have expanded the way audiences across the globe experience film entertainment. I am delighted to honour all they have achieved together.”
For more information and to see our full list of fellows, please visit: www.nfts.co.uk/who-we-are/honorary-fellows
Mirinda Dawkins, NFTS Head of PR and Communications
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