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Moone Boy wins twice at the IFTA awards.

carousel_logo101Congratulations to Ian Fitzgibbon who won the Best Director in a Television Drama at this year’s IFTA awards. The Best Entertainment Programme Award also went to Moone Boy at the award ceremony which was held in Dublin last night. Big congratulations to all involved in the show and a very big thank you to the Irish Film and Television Awards for hosting such a fabulous event.

Moone Boy is a co-production between Sprout Pictures, Baby Cow, Hot Cod Productions and Grand Pictures. It is made for Sky 1.

Stephen Wins Best Presenter at The RTS Awards.

RTS

Congratulations to Stephen who won at last nights RTS Awards. Stephen picked up the Best Presenter Award for his work on Stephen Fry: Out There a 2 part documentary made for BBC2 exploring what it means to be gay around the world.

 

Stephen Fry: Out There was a co-production between Sprout Pictures and Maverick TV, it was directed by Fergus O’Brien and made for BBC2. More information on the programme can be found on the BBC2 website here.

Paul O’Grady’s Little Cracker Wins at the International 3D Awards

Paul O’Grady in Boo! A Ghost Story.

Tuesday the 28th of January saw the 5th Annual International Creative Arts Awards, held at the Steven J. Ross Theatre, on the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles.

The ceremony recognises outstanding achievements in the 3D Creative Arts and Technologies and has, over the last 5 years, conferred over 200 Lumiere™ Awards internationally, including celebrations in Hollywood, Tokyo, Beijing, Liége and Seoul.

And we are proud to say that Sprout Pictures was among those recognized for their work in 3D, winning the Lumiere statuette in the ’3DTV – Entertainment’ category.

Sitting alongside esteemed company, ‘Boo! A Ghost Story’ – part of Sky1′s Little Cracker series, written by Paul O’Grady and directed by Peter Cattaneo – emerged victorious.

We would like to thank all those involved in the production, and to express our pride at having worked on such a wonderfully innovative and exciting project.

On Sale Now! James Carol’s ‘Broken Dolls’.

Sprout Pictures are excited to be working with James Carol, the hugely talented author of the Broken Dolls crime novel which is on sale today.

Broken Dolls by James CarolBroken Dolls is the first in a series of crime novels which are to be released annually. The first instalment in the series sees Jefferson Winter, an ex-profiler for the FBI travel to London to assist on a particularly unusual and disturbing case. Unlike other criminal profilers Winter is more than usually qualified to track down psychopaths: being the son of one of America’s most renowned serial killers.

Winter has spent his life trying to distance himself from his father’s legacy. Once a rising star at the FBI, he is now a freelance consultant, jetsetting around the globe helping local law enforcement agencies with difficult cases. He’s not got Da Vinci’s IQ, but he’s pretty close.

When he accepts a particularly disturbing case in London, Winter arrives to find a city in the grip of a cold snap, with a psychopath on the loose who likes abducting and lobotomising young women. Winter must use all his preternatural brain power in order to work out who is behind the attacks, before another young woman becomes a victim. As Winter knows all too well, however, not everyone who’s broken can be fixed.

Get your copy of Broken Dolls here on Amazon. To receive information on James Carol and the Jefferson Winter newsletter you can visit the James Carol website here .

Moone Boy to be made into children’s books

Macmillan Children’s Books have acquired two Moone Boy novels written by Chris O’Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy.

After beating off some tough competition Macmillan acquired the rights in a substantial six figure sum deal. The first book will be published in Autumn 2014. For more information visit the Macmillan website here.

Moone Boy – “the biggest and best surprise of 2013″

 

The Holywood Reporter

Writing for the Hollywood Reporter Tim Goodman has listed Moone Boy as his number one comedy of 2013. The show which also recently won an International Emmy for Best Comedy is ranked number one in Goodman’s list amongst other shows such as Arrested Development and Enlightened. To read the full article click here .

Moone Boy is a co-production between Sprout Pictures, Baby Cow Productions, Grand Pictures and Hot Cod Productions. Series 2 of Moone Boy will be on television in early 2014.

Tim Goodman is the Chief TV Critic for The Hollywood Reporter. Follow him on twitter @BastardMachine.

Moone Boy Wins Best Comedy at the International Emmy Awards!

Chris and Nick

We are absolutely thrilled that Moone Boy won at the International Emmy Awards in New York last night. Chris O’Dowd and Nick Murphy were there to pick up the award for Best Comedy along with producer of the series, Ted Dowd.

Congratulations to everyone involved in such a brilliant show. A well deserved award for such brilliant writing, performances and production.

‘Walking the Dogs’ starring Emma Thompson wins Best Short at SCADA


Award for Best Short

We are thrilled to announce that Walking the Dogs won the award for Best Short at this years Savannah Film Festival! The programme made up part of the Playhouse Presents strand for Sky Arts and stars Emma Thompson as Queen Elizabeth. For more information on the programme you can visit the Sprout Pictures portfolio page here

In the mean time the award takes pride of place in the Sprout offices. Congratulations also go to Emma who won a Special Jury award at the festival.

Sprout to adapt James Carol’s ‘Broken Dolls’

Broken Dolls by James Carol

Sprout Pictures are excited to announce that they will be working with James Carol, the hugely talented author of the soon to be released Broken Dolls crime novel. Sprout were recently successful in optioning the novel which will be published in January 2014 under Faber & Faber crime.

Broken Dolls is the first in a series of crime novels which are to be released annually. The first instalment in the series sees Jefferson Winter, an ex-profiler for the FBI travel to London to assist on a particularly unusual and disturbing case. Unlike other criminal profilers Winter is more than usually qualified to track down psychopaths: being the son of one of America’s most renowned serial killers.

Winter has spent his life trying to distance himself from his father’s legacy. Once a rising star at the FBI, he is now a freelance consultant, jetsetting around the globe helping local law enforcement agencies with difficult cases. He’s not got Da Vinci’s IQ, but he’s pretty close.

When he accepts a particularly disturbing case in London, Winter arrives to find a city in the grip of a cold snap, with a psychopath on the loose who likes abducting and lobotomising young women. Winter must use all his preternatural brain power in order to work out who is behind the attacks, before another young woman becomes a victim. As Winter knows all too well, however, not everyone who’s broken can be fixed.

Pre-order your copy of Broken Dolls here on Amazon. For an excerpt of the novel, more information on James Carol and to receive the Jefferson Winter newsletter you can visit the James Carol website here .

Moone Boy nominated for International Emmy

moone-boy-5207902242c53Sprout Pictures is pleased to announce that Chris O’Dowd’s Moone Boy has been nominated in the Comedy category for the 41st International Emmy Awards. Other programmes nominated in the same category are the South African ‘Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola’, the French ‘Workingirls’, and the Brazilian ‘How to Enjoy the End of the World’.

The winner will be announced on November 25th at the Awards Gala in New York so fingers crossed!

Moone Boy is filmed on location in County Roscommon, Ireland and is a co-production between Sprout Pictures, Baby Cow, Grand Pictures and Hot Cod Productions. It is directed by Declan Lowney and produced by Ted Dowd. The Executive producers are Chris O’Dowd, Henry Normal, Gina Carter and Paul Donovan. Moone Boy is written by Chris O’Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy.

A full list of all categories and nominees can be found here.