Congratulations to Sean O’Riordan (24) on winning the 2012 New York Television Festival (NYTVF) prize for the best Independent pilot game show. After months of speculation the news was announced at a press conference in New York on Thursday 19th July. This is the first time anyone from Ireland or the UK has won this prestigious award.
Sean, son of Michael O’Riordan formerly from Barrack Street, Fethard, created and produced the show ‘Newton’s Law’ as part of his final year project while studying for his MA in the National Film & Television School, London.
The world famous Warner Brothers Corporation was so impressed that they signed up the rights to the show. Sean will be joining their London based operation to develop the concept further. According to Andrew Zein, SVP, Creative, Format Development and Sales WBITVP, “Newton’s Law was the stand out format from the competition this year, the pilot was well produced and the idea highly original. We look forward to working with Sean to develop his format further and hopefully bringing it to market”
Sean who went to school in Templemore and has a degree in Media Studies from Maynooth NUI has just completed his MA in London. He has spent the last few days dealing with media requests at local, national and international level and is naturally delighted, as it has always been his ambition to work in television.
This latest award is only part of a very impressive portfolio, as already in May this year at the world renowned Cannes Film Festival, Sean won the Panavision prize for his commercial ‘Paranoid’.
Back home in Killea, Templemore, his parents Michael and Imelda are very proud of their son as are his four brothers Kevin, Stephen, Alan and Colin.
I’m sure we will be hearing more from this young man in the future.