Emmy for NI crew on Game of Thrones

Published Monday, 17 September 2012
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A local sound crew are celebrating after picking up an Emmy for their work on hit fantasy TV series Game of Thrones.

Emmy for NI crew on Game of Thrones
Filming for Game of Thrones at Downhill beach. (© Amanda Killen)

Northern Ireland men Ronan Hill and Mervyn Moore scooped the prize for Outstanding Sound Mixing at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night.

The category included tough competition from programmes such as Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, Homeland and Person of Interest.

Hill, who is from Ballycastle - and the younger brother of double Olivier award winning actor Conleth Hill, who plays Lord Varys in Game of Thrones - and Moore, from Coleraine, said they were delighted with the win.

It came as six statuettes were awarded to the HBO show, which is based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, and filmed at the Paint Hall Studio in Belfast and the Linen Mill Film Studios in Banbridge.

Richard Williams from NI Screen congratulated everyone involved in the success.

"Game of Thrones leading the programme winners at the Emmy Awards is a magnificent achievement," Mr Williams said.

"These wins underline the world class talent we have working in the industry here and add further credence to Northern Ireland as a base for world class television production.

"It is wonderful for Ronan and Mervyn that their hard work is being recognised on the global stage, an Emmy win represents best possible international industry endorsement for television talent worldwide."

The full list of awards for Game of Thrones included outstanding sound mixing and editing, special visual effects, art direction, costumes and make-up for its category.

© UTV News
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