Last week, on an unusually warm Thursday evening in Manchester, the fifth Prolific North Awards took place. It’s always the most hotly anticipated date on the Northern awards calendar and it’s an event we’re proud to be associated with.
This year marks the 3rd time that Pitch has sponsored the event, which saw us brand the Twitter wall on the night and Director Rebecca Thomas present the Social/Digital campaign of the year award.
As the sun started to set, over 800 hundred talented individuals descended upon Event City to celebrate the best of the North’s creative industries, from TV and radio production, through to PR, integrated marketing, animation, digital and beyond across 20 award categories.
Excitement was in the air as attendees proceeded into the open drinks reception to share a glass of champagne and a friendly round of mini golf. Before the awards got into their full raucous flow, we managed to grab some time with Scott Taylor of Reckless, founder of Flow Creative Karl Doran and colleagues Jessica and Josh from Markettiers. Each was gracious enough to provide us with a mini interview, telling us about the awards they nominated for, their view of the Prolific North Awards and what it's like to attend the biggest event of its kind outside of London. (Keep an eye out on our social channels for these videos).
Host for the second year running, comedian Justin Moorhouse provided the entertainment as everyone settled into their tables and met their companions for the evening. To set the scene, a fantastic compilation video showcasing the award nominations, made by Dock10, was shown prior to the awards being presented.
Once all the awards had been presented (see full winners list below), and maybe one too many glasses of champagne drunk, winners and runners-up alike came together on the dance floor to celebrate an, as always, incredible evening. We had an amazing time mingling with clients and other creatives throughout the night and seeing the often hilarious tweets on the sponsored Twitter wall.
Massive congratulations again to all of the winners; we are already counting down to next year!
Animation / Graphics Company - Winner: Flipbook Studio
Small Digital Agency (Up to 25 Employees) – Winner: Marketing Signals
Large Digital Agency (25+ Employees) – Winner: CDS
Independent Production Company – Winner: True North
Small Integrated Agency (Up to 29 Employees) Winner: We Are Boutique
Large Integrated Agency (30+ Employees) – Winner: Jaywing
Media Agency – Winner: AKA North
Media Sales - Winner: Channel 4 – Nations & Regions
Small PR Agency of the Year (Up to 20 Employees) - Winner: Roland Dransfield
Large PR Agency of the Year (21+ employees) – Winner: Brazen
SEO & PPC Agency – Winner: MEC Manchester
Content Team - Winner: MEC WAVEMAKER
Broadcasting Programme (News & Factual) - Winner: True North – Breaking the Silence
Broadcasting Programme (Entertainment) - Winner: True North & Channel 4 – The Lie Detective
Broadcasting Commercial – Winner: PHD & BMB – Rubicon Spring – grabbing the water market by the mangoes
Website of the Year - Winner: Amaze & Childline – Putting children at the heart of digital transformation
App of the Year - Winner: Silverchip & Bolster Systems – Bolster App
Video of the Year - Winner: Manchester United Foundation – United and Samuel, UnitedandMe
B2B Marketing / Integrated Communications Campaign - Winner: 3ManFactory & Innova Solutions – When You Dont Have Mark Felix
B2C Marketing / Integrated Communications Campaign (Less than £50k) – Winner: Prohibition & Inter flora – How good is your birthday?
B2C Marketing / Integrated Communications Campaign (Over £50k) - Winner: BJL & Sherwin Williams – #RonsealAdBreak
Digital / Social Media Campaign of the Year – Winner: Modern English & Foo Fighters – Foo Fighters Glastonbury Announcement Campaign