Hayward, Esien honored by women's group


LONDON -- Working Title Films' Debra Hayward and comedian Jocelyn Jee Esien were among the honorees Friday as Women in Film and Television hosted its 16th annual awards ceremony at the Hilton, Park Lane.

The 750 attendees at the awards luncheon saw Hayward walk off with this year's outstanding achievement of the year plaudit. Presented by actress Rosamund Pike, Hayward thanked Working Title principles Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for their support in her role as the production banner's longtime development chief and their "understanding" during her four pregnancies.

Other plaudits went to writer-performer Esien, who secured the day's new talent award. Her six-part sketch show, "Little Miss Jocelyn," is set to air on BBC America sometime next year.

This year's script award went to Abi Morgan, whose credits include "Sex Traffic" and the upcoming big screen adaptation of Monica Ali's novel "Brick Lane" for FilmFour.

Andrea Arnold, whose debut feature "Red Road" won this year's Cannes jury prize, picked up the creative originality award while producer Jane Featherstone -- who works at tv production powerhouse Kudos and whose credits include "Spooks," "Hustle" and "Pleasureland" -- secured this year's contribution to the medium nod.

One of the biggest laughs of the day went to casting impresario Ros Hubbard whose credits include "The Da Vinci Code," "King Kong," "The Bourne Supremacy" and "United 93."

"Behind every great woman," Hubbard said in her lilting Irish accent, "is a pile of ironing."

A complete list of winners follows:

Project Management Award (sponsored by Ecosse Films)
Winner: Barry Kimm
Presented by Claudia Winkleman

Script Award (sponsored by the U.K. Film Council)
Winner: Abi Morgan
Presented by John Simm

Business Award (sponsored by Olswang)
Winner: April Chamberlain
Presented by Saira Khan

News and Factual Award (sponsored by the BBC)
Winner: Kim Longinotto

Craft Award (sponsored by AFM Lighting)
Winner: Ros Hubbard
Presented by Jason Isaacs and Michael Sheen

Creative Originality Award (sponsored by Five)
Winner: Andrea Arnold
Presented by Stewart Till

Outstanding Achievement of the Year Award (sponsored by ITV)
Winner: Debra Hayward
Presented by Rosamund Pike

Contribution to the Medium Award (sponsored by Sony Pictures Television International)
Winner: Jane Featherstone
Presented by Matthew MacFadyen

Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by Working Title Films)
Winner: Norma Heyman
Presented by Bob Hoskins