Beryl Vertue to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

1 Apr 2015

Hartswood Films Chairman Beryl Vertue OBE is to be honoured with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award at the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.

The new award was announced today to mark the 40th anniversary of the Festival, and will be presented at the Edinburgh TV Awards ceremony on Thursday 27th August.

The Festival announced, “We’re thrilled that the inaugral receipient of this award is Beryl Vertue OBE, in recognition of the enormous impact Beryl has made on the TV industry, both in the UK and around the world.

“Beryl has worked with everyone from Galton and Simpson and The Goons, to Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, and founded Hartswood Films which has been responsible for producing a raft of hits from Men Behaving Badly to Sherlock. She has also recently produced, with Serena Cullen, the forthcoming adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, written and directed by Jed Mercurio.”

Visitors to the Festival will be able to hear about Beryl’s “experiences and thoughts on the future for independent production companies” in the accompanying Lifetime Achievement Keynote address.

Beryl said, “I am delighted to be honoured with such a prestigious award, and much looking forward to receiving it at the Edinburgh Television Festival, one of my favourite events.”