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Emerging directors Olivia Isaacs and Sophie King were among this year’s winners at the Edinburgh TV Festival’s New Voice Awards.

The annual event, held on 6 April, crowned ITV as the best broadcast for new talent for the second year running, while Fully Focussed Productions, which made BBC3 comedy PRU, won in the indie category.

Isaacs was named debut director, unscripted for her BBC3 doc Eddie Hall: The Beast vs the Mountain [main picture] made with Louis Theroux’s Mindhouse Productions. She was also an edit producer on the indie’s Amazon Prime doc KSI: In Real Life and has worked with indies including The Garden (24 Hours in Police Custody), Amazing Productions (Sleeping with the Enemy) and Films of Record (David Harewood: Psychosis and Me).

Meanwhile, King was recognised in the scripted category for Disability Benefits, the Merman-produced Channel 4 drama she made with comedian Rosie Jones. King has also worked on Avalon’s ITV2 sitcom Buffering.

Other talent recognised included:

Debut writer: Tony Schumacher (The Responder)
Debut writer (episodic): Karim Kahn (All Creatures Great and Small)
Presenter: Runako Celina (Damilola: Racism for Sale)
Future presenter: Faris Rai
Mentor: Delia-Rene Donaldson (screenwriter)


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