Beyonce's Super Bowl Halftime Show Director to Receive BAFTA Honor


Beyonce looks exuberant during her Super Bowl halftime performance.

Hamish Hamilton, who directed the TV footage for the live event, will be presented with a special award at the upcoming British Academy Television Craft Awards.

LONDON -- Beyonce's 2013 Super Bowl halftime show TV director Hamish Hamilton will be presented with a special award at the upcoming British Academy Television Craft Awards.

Hamilton, whose TV directing résumé includes such live events as Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show performances in 2012 and the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, the 82nd Academy Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards.

He will receive his honor during this year's Craft Awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts ceremony hosted by actor Stephen Mangan on April 28 in the British capital.

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The honorary nod recognizes Hamilton's ability "to showcase unique live spectacles through multicamera-based television directing, with millions watching his work," according to BAFTA.

Said Hamilton: "I am totally thrilled, rather surprised and a little emotional to be receiving this special award. It is great to be recognized for work that surrounds me with so many talented friends."

Added BAFTA television committee chairman Andrew Newman: "I’m delighted that Hamish Hamilton is receiving the Special Award this year, not only because his work is watched globally by a huge audience, but because the level of true talent and quality in what he does brings large-scale events to life onscreen. His skill as a director allows people to share in the experience and feel the excitement of being part of a huge event while watching at home."

Hamilton began his career at the BBC directing television for various types of programs, including quiz shows, children shows and morning breakfast shows.

Hamilton has gone on to direct some of the world’s greatest live events using advanced multicamera techniques for TV.