The winners of the annual Audio Production Awards have been announced, following last night’s presentation ceremony, including wins for Beautiful Strangers’ Jack Suddaby, and A Positive Life’s Overcoat Media.
The ceremony, which took place yesterday evening at the BFI on London’s South Bank, celebrates excellence and outstanding achievement in audio production, including podcasts, radio and audiobooks. The evening was hosted by Nish Kumar and Coco Khan, hosts of current affairs podcast Pod Save The UK, and sponsored by Audible.
“This is my third year at the awards as managing director of AudioUK, and it is great to see them change and grow each time,” said AudioUK managing director Chloe Straw. “It has been a challenging year in the audio industry and the wider world, and the awards gave us the opportunity to take a breath to celebrate the incredible talent that we see in the UK, across the many strands of podcasting, radio, audiobooks and sound design.”
“The awards celebrate those right across the industry, and audio reaches far and wide: we have seen winners from production businesses, from freelancers, from platforms, from brands, from the BBC, from publishers. I am delighted that we get to bring all areas of the industry together, this really is a unique event.”
A range of talented audio professionals were honoured at the awards, including Jack Suddaby of production company Beautiful Strangers for Best Arts and Culture Producer. Suddaby also picked up a Silver award for Best Lifestyle and Society Producer, and Bronze awards for Best Sound Design Producer, The Amazon Music & Wondery Grassroots Production Award, and Producer of the Year.
“I am absolutely delighted about the win, it was fully unexpected and the celebration should not just go to me but to the amazing guys at Switchback, the charity that helps young men who come out of prison and looks after them so amazingly and helps them go on a new path,” said Suddaby. “The podcast is all about celebrating those guys and giving a voice to the people who are so often seen as numbers.”
Becky Green of Audio Always was awarded Best New Producer for her work on shows like Inside The World of Ralph and Katie, while Kwesia (aka City Girl in Nature) won Best New Voice following her success hosting the third season of Peanut and Crumb’s Get Birding.
The Gold award for Producer of the Year went to Anishka Sharma, producer of Please Protect Abraham, while Overcoat Media was crowned Production Company of the Year. Overcoat Media is the company behind A Positive Life: HIV from Terrence Higgins to Today, which also won Podcast of the Year at this year’s British Podcast Awards.
“We’re absolutely delighted to receive this award and to receive this recognition from our peers, some of the most amazing audio makers and creators in the whole industry,” said Steven Rajam, creative director of Overcoat Media. “We’re so proud at Overcoat Media for doing what we do from Wales and one of the things we are committed to doing is telling stories across a huge and diverse array of genres and voices.”
“The heart of what we do is diversity and we are so proud of bringing new and marginalised voices to air about working with new talent that haven’t worked in audio before and giving them the chance to shine. We’re also proud of the diverse range of genres we work in, we love making specialist music programs, true crime podcasts, history documentaries and it’s at the heart of what we do. To receive this award means so much not just to me but to all my amazing colleagues and the people who made content for us over the past year.”
Many of last night’s winners also had the distinction of having picked up BPAs for their work, including Suddaby’s Time and Again, Please Protect Abraham, and Talia Randall, who won last night’s Sustainability Award for her podcast Blossom Trees and Burnt Out Cars.