Lifetime Achievement Award to be given to producer Jon Plowman at 2008 Banff World Television Festival

    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Producer Jon Plowman is to receive the Lifetime
Achievement Award at the 29th edition of the Banff World Television Festival,
which takes place at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Canada,
June 8 - 11, 2008.
    The Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges outstanding and unique
contributions to the broadcasting industry throughout the scope of an
individual's career. The award will be presented to Plowman at the Canwest
Banff World Television Awards on Monday June 9, 2008.
    Jon has recently stopped being Head of Comedy for the BBC in London after
14 very successful years. Amongst the programs he Produced and Executive
Produced are titles known in the UK and across the Atlantic. These include
Absolutely Fabulous, The Office, Little Britain, The Vicar of Dibley and The
League of Gentlemen. He is stepping down to return to producing, which has
always been his first love, and has two new series for BBC Two already
commissioned. He will continue to develop and Executive Produce shows
including Love Soup, Taking The Flak, To The Manor Born and the Emmy and
Golden Globe winning Extras.
    Jon began his career in broadcasting at Granada. He moved to the BBC in
1980, and from 1985 to 1987 produced Wogan through the program's immensely
popular period. In 1994, Jon was made Head of Comedy Entertainment at the BBC,
but still managed to find time to produce the new series French and Saunders,
Fry and Laurie, The Vicar of Dibley, Absolutely Fabulous and the spin-off,
    Jon's extensive Executive Producer and Producer credits in the UK include
Shooting Stars, Ruby Wax, The Stand Up Show, Ben Elton, Comedy Nation,
Goodness Gracious Me, In The Red, Families At War, People Like Us, Gimme,
Gimme, Gimme, Ted and Alice, The Thick Of It, The Late Edition, The Comic Side
Of 7 Days, The Mark Steel Lectures, Absolute Power, Broken News, Jam &
Jerusalem, the first Flashmob and Comic Relief. In addition he was responsible
for The Office 2003 Christmas Specials which won at the RTS & BAFTA, and
collected the BBC's first awards at the Los Angeles Golden Globes held in
January 2004. He was also responsible for the third season of Little Britain,
winner of last year's International Emmy.
    "I have spent my entire career in broadcasting in roles that I have been
privileged to hold," comments Plowman. "It is an honour to be recognized for a
fulfilling career by a Festival that celebrates the best in our industry."
    "Jon's vision, humour and creativity have played a pivotal role in the
transformation of our industry," says Jennifer Harkness, Executive Director,
BANFF. "We cannot think of a more deserving recipient for this year's award,
and are thrilled to be able to bring Jon's wit and experience to our

    The Banff World Television Festival is a not-for-profit event produced by
Achilles Media Ltd., an international events management company serving the
television and digital media industries. Achilles Media Ltd. events include:
History Makers: International Summit of History & Current Affairs Producers,
nextMEDIA events, Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) and NATPE Mobile++. For
more information, visit The Banff World
Television Festival takes place June 8-11 amid the spectacular Canadian
Rockies at the Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta, Canada. To register, please

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