Ashley Jane Armstrong of Manchester facility Andrew Sumner Associates has defied the odds by being named young audio engineer of the year at the B+ Young Talent Awards, writes Will Strauss
The 25-year-old dubbing mixer - who has worked on BBC shows Songs of Praise and I Love 1986 - was one of just four women shortlisted for the awards that were handed out on Wednesday (22 May) at The Production Show held at London's Olympia. Less than 5 per cent of the 200 entries came from women, highlighting a shortage of females working in the facilities and production sectors.The night's other winners were; Brian McGrath, 27, of Aardman Animations who took the best young animator award. Marlon Griffin, 28, won the young director gong, and Chris Knight, 29, and Mark Beardall, 28, shared the visual effects award.Jake Polonsky, 29, won in the camera/lighting category, while Lee De Souza, 24, of BBC MediaArc won best interactive designer. Andrew Cutbill, 30, was awarded best writer and Mark Thornton, 28, won the best editor award. CTN fought off competition from BBC Resources and Aardman Animations to win the company development award.