At a star-studded ceremony at the Hilton Newcastle- Gateshead last night, ITV SignPost, ITV’s Sign Language production house, took home the prestigious Centre Award at the Royal Television Society North East and Border annual awards ceremony. The Award recognised SignPosts’ commitment to promoting diversity by providing opportunities for production crews that are Deaf and people with disabilities, and for making world class content and programmes for both a Deaf and mainstream audience.
It was also a great night on a personal level for one of the SignPost team. Technical Specialist Giles Bowman, who is Deaf, was awarded the Rising Star Award. Giles joined SignPost just over a year ago and has worked in studio, in post production, creating graphics and as a camera operator. He is an all-rounder who goes the extra mile, and everyone at ITV is incredibly proud of his achievements.
ITV SignPost is a centre of excellence for British Sign Language and is fast-becoming one of the most diverse production houses in the country. From its Gateshead studios it produces more than 1,300 hours of signed broadcast content every year working with broadcast clients including ITV, the Welsh Broadcaster S4C and Irish broadcaster RTE. This makes it the UK’s market leader in Sign Language services.
SignPost is an example of diversity in action. Every programme is made by at least 50% Deaf or disabled crew. It’s a commitment to commissioners that will not change. Every member of staff is able to sign to varying degrees, bringing Deaf and hearing persons together.
We are incredibly proud of what Signpost has achieved and the unique offering to the Broadcast industry that Signpost has. For us at ITV, Signpost puts us at the forefront of true accessibility and diversity and we value this for our brand, our principles and our reputation.”
Helen Stevens, Director of Broadcast & Content Operations, ITV plc