UK independent audio drama producer and film maker B7 Media has once again triumphed at the New York International Radio Festival, winning the prestigious ‘Best Digital Drama’ Gold award for volume 2 of its acclaimed audio reinvention of Dan Dare.
Needless to say, as the project’s “Creative Consultant”, I’m thrilled for the cast and crew of this ambitious project, as this all helps our chances of bringing fans further episodes.
Based on the classic Eagle comic strip of the 1950s, the audio series (released by Big Finish in 2017) features Ed Stoppard, Geoff McGivern, Heida Reed, and Raad Rawi as the Mekon. Episodes in this volume were written by James Swallow (Red Moon Mystery), Simon Guerrier (Reign of the Robots), Patrick Chapman (Operation Saturn) and Colin Brake (Prisoners of Space). The lead writers for the audio series were Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle.
NYF’s 2018 awards for B7 Media were for Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures Volume Two, winning ‘Best Digital Drama’ (Gold Award Winner) and ‘Best Director’ (Bronze Award Winner).
The company has previously won NYF awards for its dramatisation of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles for BBC Radio 4, back in 2015, Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures Volume One and I, Robot.
The New York Festivals’ International Radio Program Awards for the World’s Best Radio Programs honours radio programming and promotions in all lengths and formats, entered by radio stations, networks and independent producers from around the globe. Now in the eighth year of the awards, nominations in the categories of documentary, drama and music, were judged by the 2018 Grand Jury on production values, organisation, presentation of information, creativity and use of the medium. The Grand Jury is made up of over 130 directors, producers, journalists, writers, actors, creative directors, composers, on-air talent, and programming executives who are all award-winners themselves. That mix of perspectives is one of the strengths of this jury process to determine the World’s Best Radio Programs.
“We are perhaps in a golden age of audio drama. Submissions recognised this year by our Grand Jury included drama series, drama specials, mini-series, drama features, digital drama programs, and regularly scheduled drama programs, from countries around the globe and appealing to listeners of all ages,” said Rose Anderson, VP/Executive Director of New York Festivals Radio Program Awards.”
“Dan Dare was the original ‘Guardian of the Galaxy’ and it’s great that this truly British space hero has won such a prestigious international audio award,“ said Producer/Director, Andrew Mark Sewell.
“To be honest, I’m gobsmacked. For our work at B7 Media to once more be recognised by our peers is exceptional by any measure, especially when considering the calibre of the competition, both from independent drama producers and major international broadcasters.”
• Look out for the B7 Media team at this year’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival in October
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.