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Jean soars at New York Festivals

Lippy Pictures’ drama Jean has won nine gongs at the New York Festivals (NYF) Best TV & Film Awards. The event presented a total of three Grand Awards, 167 Gold Medals, 175 Silver and 145 Bronze.  
Jean had far and away the best night for a NZ show, converting all of its nine nominations into medals – which made for one more gong than all the Australian finalists combined achieved. A nominee for the NZ On Air Best Television Feature at the Moas earlier this year, Jean took five NYF golds: Best Performance by an Actress (Kate Elliott), Best Original Music/Lyrics (Peter Hobbs, Harmonic) and Best Camerawork (Ginny Loane) in the Television – Craft: Program category, plus TV Movie, and Drama Special in the Television – Entertainment Special Program category.

The drama also took four silver medals in the Television – Craft: Program category, for Best Direction (Robert Sarkies), Best Screenplay (Paula Boock & Donna Malane), Best Sound Design (Chris Burt, Inside Track), and Best Special Visual Effects (Peter McCully, Albedo).

The Award’s VP & Executive Director Rose Anderson described Jean’s wins as “a wonderful achievement”, saying, “Jean received multiple perfect scores from our grand jury members. The stellar results were across all categories and here at New York Festivals we are honoured to recognize such a wonderful programme.”

NHNZ took a gold medal with The Desert Sea: Land of the Giants for Nature & Wildlife in the Television – Documentary/Information Program category. Red Sky Film & Television’s World Class? Inside New Zealand Education took a Social Issues bronze in the Television – Documentary/Information Program category.

Other NZ finalists were Pacific Screen’s Gloriavale, season 3 of SPP’s Brokenwood Mysteries (the first season was awarded at the event two years ago) and Top Shelf’s Heritage Rescue.

David Attenborough’s Light on Earth took one of the Grand Awards, with Australia’s ABC among the co-production’s partners. The other two Grand Awards were won by National Geographic’s miniseries Mars and CBS’ coverage of the 50th Superbowl.

Alexander Behse, Ivars Berzins, Amanda Evans, Donna Malane, Anna Marbrook, Kelly Martin and Mark McNeill were among the judges for the awards.

The New York Festivals Best TV & Film Awards were presented on 26 April (NZ time) in Las Vegas, at a ceremony running alongside the NAB Show.

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