Graduate named UKs Hottest Director

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Graduate named UKs Hottest Director

NFTS Directing Fiction Graduate, Yann Demange, tops Industry Hot List

NFTS graduate Yann Demange has just been named Hottest Director in the UK by Broadcast Magazine in their yearly Hot 100 List.

He certainly deserves it. Since graduating in 2006, he has directed Secret Diary of a Call Girl; BAFTA-nominated Dead Set (written by Charlie Brooker); 5-part BBC series Criminal Justice, receiving a BAFTA nomination for Best Director; and four-part series Top Boy, for Channel 4, which won Best Drama Series at the Royal Television Society Awards, and got him nominated again for Best Director at the BAFTAs. With this impressive list of credits after only a few years of leaving the NFTS, it is no surprise that Broadcast have picked him out as the hottest director in the UK.

Our recent graduates haven’t gone unnoticed either. Broadcast also picked out 2012 Producing & Directing TV Entertainment graduate Sean O’Riordan and 2011 Screenwriting graduate Francesca Gardiner as Broadcast Hotshots 2012. Sean was noticed when his graduation TV Entertainment pilot Newton’s Law won the New York TV Festival prize for Best Original Pilot – and he became the first student and first UK entrant to win the prize. Sean now has his pilot optioned by Warner Brothers and we are excited to see what lies ahead for him in the coming months. Mark Robson (previously executive producer at Fresh One and Disney commented “I am both impressed by, and envious of, the quality of Newton’s Law”, and described Sean as “exceptional”.

Francesca Gardiner has recently worked with Frank Spotnitz (X-Files) on his new BBC1 drama Hunted. He wrote that as well as her possessing “incredible drive and clarity of purpose”, “Francesca has such a great work ethic. She will go very, very far”. Alongside Director Afarin Eghbal, Francesca co-wrote the NFTS graduation animation film Abuelas, a film about Argentinian grandmothers and their ongoing search for their missing grandchildren. It has won many awards, received a BAFTA nomination and has got her noticed in the Industy. It seems she is jumping at every opportunity given, as she has been offered the chance to write her own episode of Hunted when the second series goes into production.

Read the Broadcast Hot 100 supplement
Read the Broadcast Hotshots 2012 supplement