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London, UK (Sunday 30th June): Red Handed TV, the independent production company based in Totnes, has been shortlisted at this year's National Broadcast Digital Awards against massive competition in the form of BBC's coverage of the Olympics.
It takes on monumentally stiff competition in the 'Best Live Event Coverage' category where it will also be judged against Channel 4's coverage of the Paralympics and the French Open 2012 by ITV Sport and Input Media production.
The prestigious awards panel shortlists only world class projects and this is the third year in a row that Red Handed TV has made the final list of nominees. It's coverage of the internationally renowned sailing competition the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) in 2012 was used by 39 international broadcasters including the BBC, CNBC, Eurosport and Sky and has been noted for transforming live sailing television.
The small company faces huge challenges to provide the coverage. Unpredictable and at times dangerous sea conditions can work against the large team of highly trained cameramen, and the director and editing team have to work creatively and fast to deliver interesting and relevant story-telling. Its coverage, which also won an Royal Television Society Award in 2012, has been described as “dynamic” and “exciting”.
Redhanded TV was formed in 2008 by Sam Usher, a former professional dancer and choreographer. It has an ambitious senior team and has seen impressive growth across its sport and corporate divisions over the past 18 months.
Sam Usher says: “I am bloody delighted with this nomination, especially significant in Olympic year. The team works hard and fast with a limitless amount of ambition to produce the very best it can. Everyone questions the status quo, pushing to see how we can deliver bigger and better work, and being shortlisted in such brilliant company reflects and rewards that approach. It's not always easy – deadlines and budgets are constantly being squeezed, but we carry on with determined enthusiasm and a love for our work that hopefully shows in the end product."