About - RTS Bristol


Crossing The Pond!

In conversation with GRANT MANSFIELD, CEO & EP Plimsoll Productions

Tue 13th Jan 2015. Doors open 6.45 for 7pm. Aardman’s Theatre, Gas Ferry Road.

Grant Mansfield reveals the secret of developing formats & selling to the international market. To reserve your ticket please email Belinda.Biggam@iconfilms.co.uk and include your name, number of tickets and organisation.

Payment will be taken at the door. If you are not already an RTS member join today and the event is free!  http://www.rts.org.uk/membership

Grant Mansfield is the Founder and Chief Executive of Plimsoll Productions. Before launching the company in September 2013 he spent 3 years in LA as CEO of Zodiak USA where his credits included Secret Millionaire, Celebrity Wife Swap, Hard Core Pawn, Lizard Lick Towing and Killer Karaoke.  Previously, as Managing Director of RDF, based in London, credits included Ladette to Lady, Holiday Showdown, Oz and James Big Wine Adventure, Gene Simmons Rock School and Dickinson's Real Deal.  Before that, as Head of Programmes at Granada TV, Grant was responsible for the launch of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.  His shows have won several BAFTA and RTS awards

Tickets are limited and will be allocated on a first-come basis, first-served basis.



Once again we will be holding our glamorous Gala Awards Party and Presentation Ceremony at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre on Sunday March 8th 2015.


The Sir Ambrose Fleming award for outstanding contribution to the industry: Colin Rose

Click here to see the photo gallery

 Peter Lord, Lynn Barlow, Peter Salmon, Colin Rose, Nick Park and David Sproxton

RTS award line-up: Peter Lord, Lynn Barlow, Peter Salmon, Colin Rose, Nick Park and David Sproxton. (Photo: Jon Craig photography)

French animator extraordinaire, Sylvain Chomet provided his own unique contribution to a special RTS celebration of the prodigious talents of BBC Bristol producer Colin Rose.

Complete with heart shaped glasses, Sylian sang Colin a special version of "La Vie En Rose' via video, in a fitting finale surprise for a delighted audience of some of the world's leading animators and programme makers at the city's Watershed Arts Centre.  

Colin worked with Sylvian on the multi-award winning animated feature, Belleville Rendezvous.

Colin was in conversation with Jeremy Howe (Radio 4 Commissioner) one of his many protégé's from a career which spanned flagship documentaries and arts programming including BBC's much loved 10x10 series and the animation unit where Colin and his team supported and developed a new generation of film and television making talent – commissioning Nick Park's Wrong Trousers and Rex the Runt.

The stellar audience included Aardman team, Nick Park, Peter Lord and David Sproxton as well as many of Colin’s BBC contemporaries and collaborators including Jeremy Gibson and Peter Symes and Peter Salmon.

There were places too for the next generation of talent - students from the University of the West of England’s undergraduate and postgraduate animation courses.

The evening was introduced by Peter Salmon, Director of BBC England, who also presented Colin with a special award from RTS Bristol - the Sir Ambrose Fleming award for outstanding contribution to the industry.

 Sylvain Chomet in chanteuse mode

Sylvain Chomet in chanteuse mode. (Photo: Jon Craig photography)

Said Colin: “I'm a dyed-in-the-wool West Country person and the award means a very great deal to me.

To be honoured by one's fellows in one's own territory in this way is as good as it gets! “

 Colin Rose with former BBC head of department Jeremy Gibson and production manager Linda Dale who worked alongside him.

Colin Rose with former BBC head of department Jeremy Gibson and production manager Linda Dale who worked alongside him. (Photo: Jon Craig photography)

The event was put together by RTS, Bristol, and Watershed Arts Centre to mark 80 years of the BBC in the city.


Welcome our new Chair Lynn Barlow, Director Creative Media, UWE. Great news for Film, TV and Digital in the region

Royal Television Society - Bristol 2014 Showreel from RTS Bristol on Vimeo.

© All Rights reserved. With kind permission of the copyright holders.
Music: Jonathon Gunton, Abstract Audio



Chair: Lynn Barlow, Director Creative Media, UWE, Freelance

Vice Chair: John Durrant, Creative Director, BDH

Secretary: Belinda Biggam. Marketing Manager, Icon Films

Treasurer: Wendy McCombe, Unit Manager BBC Bristol Factual


Fiona Marsh, Head of Production, Tigress Productions
Phil Ashby, Editor, Bright Filament
Jason Bartholomew, Commercials Producer, Aardman Animations
Sarah Cox, Creative Director, ArthurCox
Emma Ellis, Technical Supervisior, Evolutions 
Fiona Francombe, MD, The Bottle Yard Studios
Hannah Gamlin, Production Journalist ITV West
Mike Gunton, Creative Director - NHU, BBC (contact diary Lannah McAdam)
Suzy Lambert, Producer, Freelance
David Neal, UWE, Senior Technical Instructor - Filmmaking, UWE, Freelance
Angela Oakhill, Head of Production, RDF West
George Pagliero, Camerman, DOP
Glenn Rainton, Editor, Freelance
Gabriel Wetz, Head of Post Production Services Evolutions

Huge thank you to Andy Batten-Foster for being such an excellent Chair over the last two years.



Click HERE to go to the PHOTO GALLERY - RTS 2014 Awards



WoE RTS Awards 2013 Showreel from RTS Bristol on Vimeo.

© All Rights reserved. With kind permission of the copyright holders.

Edited extracts of the nominated Film, Television and Digital Media productions nominated for a West of England Royal Television Society Award in 2013.

The Gala Ceremony was held at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre, March 2013.

Music: Jonathon Gunton, Abstract Audio
Editors: Vince John, 1Love Media and John Durrant, BDH

Delivering the Director`s Cut

Click here to read about when Bristol based series` lead director Philippa Lowthorpe and lead editor David Thrasher delivered an excellent talk to the RTS members in Bristol

About the Bristol Centre:

The Royal Television Society was formed in 1927, nine years before the first public broadcast from Alexandra Palace – forward thinking if ever there was.

The Bristol Centre isn’t quite that old but it is the oldest of all the 15 RTS regional centres. Dating back to 1948 the centre represents many members from all aspects of the TV industry in the west.

The RTS West of England Awards is a key event in our diary and each year the incredible talent and creativity is celebrated.


WoE RTS Awards Showreel 2012 from RTS Bristol on Vimeo.