Tom Rothwell acknowledged in ‘Runner’ category of Broadcast TECH Young Talent Awards in recognition of work at both The Sharp Project & The Space Project SharpFutures Apprentice Highly Commended at national TV industry awards
Tom Rothwell acknowledged in ‘Runner’ category of Broadcast TECH Young Talent Awards in recognition of work at both The Sharp Project & The Space Project
SharpFutures Manchester CIC, is delighted to announce that Tom Rothwell, aged 22 from West Gorton in Manchester – one of the social enterprise’s apprentices – has been Highly Commended at a national television industry awards ceremony at
BAFTA’s headquarters in London, which took place on the evening of Thursday 7th November.
The TECH Young Talent Awards, curated by TV industry specialist outlet Broadcast Magazine, is designed to celebrate and reward the next generation of technical talent, by recognising outstanding individuals aged under 30. Highly Commended in the ‘Runner’ category, Tom Rothwell, an apprentice with SharpFutures since 2012, has become an invaluable member of the production support team during his time as ‘Production Runner’ at both The Sharp Project and The Space Project, and has been invited to BAFTA to attend the awards ceremony.
Tom has flourished into a highly effective member of the support team at both facilities, acting as a point of contact for productions including Sky Living’s Mount Pleasant, Channel 4’s Fresh Meat and the BBC’s World’s End, as well as countless other shoots. Resident production companies have also frequently hired Tom independently, as and when the need has arisen for dedicated runners, fulfilling an important objective of SharpFutures’ unique Talent Pool model. Tom has also gained recognition for his ability to embrace opportunities in creative aspects of his role, particularly photography.
Representing the only company without a physical base in London to be shortlisted in the Broadcast TECH Talent Awards, Tom’s recognition is a testament to the opportunities provided by SharpFutures and its role in helping to seed, nurture and grow talent and skills for the Creative Digital sector. It’s also further validation of the important role played by both The Sharp Project and The Space Project in safeguarding and developing the TV production industry in Manchester and the contribution made by the Creative Digital sector to the wider economy. Working with Creative Skillset, Tom’s apprenticeship has been partly supported by Creative Skillset through HM Government with Employer Ownership funding.
Rose Marley, COO at The Sharp Project and The Space Project and Director and Co-founder of SharpFutures, said of Tom Rothwell’s shortlisting: “SharpFutures is working with Creative Skillset to deliver employer based training for new entrants. Tom has demonstrated he has the right attitude and aptitude to do well in this sector and we look forward to seeing him flourish in his career.”
Tom Rothwell, SharpFutures Apprentice and Production Runner at The Sharp Project and The Space Project, added: “To be acknowledged for an award in such a vibrant industry packed with talent is just amazing, though what’s more exciting is the opportunity I’ve been given over the past year to find my way along such an exciting career path, and I’d like to thank everyone involved for giving me that chance.”