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For the past two years the now infamous annual Factory Media Awards have set the standard by which Factory recognises achievement; showcasing excellence, rewarding innovation and highlighting creativity. For the third Factory Awards we will gather together to celebrate the successes and achievements of the past 12 months.

Voting and nominations have been taking place throughout October and November by Factory staff members, with the final voting process taking place in the first two weeks of December. The awards will be presented at the Factory Christmas party on the evening of the 16th December.

Prizes will range from the now highly sought after Factory Media Awards ‘F’ logo trophy to a week’s winter sports break for two – and all winners will be featured on the Factory ‘boards/wall of fame’ currently situated in the board room at 1 West Smithfield.

Award 1: Content Creator

We’re looking for the Factory content creator that has shown exceptional creativity, product excellence, commercial awareness, pro-activity, innovation and the ability to stretch, develop and benefit their brand. Staff voted, management shortlisted the following nominees and the final decision will be made by Ed Marriage and Dee Smith.

Cleggy

STEFFEN SCHROER

STUART KENNY

RYAN GRAY

GEORGE SCOTT

Award 2: Commercial Individual of the Year

All Factory staff were invited to nominate who they believed has shown exceptional commercial ability. We were looking for commercial acumen, the ability to deliver at a consistently high standard, and attention to detail. Staff voted, management shortlisted the following nominees and the final decision will be made by Nick Bradley, Amy Robertson and Matt Fenton.

CHRIS BROWN

CHRIS FISCHER

SAM BROOKER

YVETTE CULBERT

AZADUR RAHMAN

Award 3: Initiative of the Year

A brand new award added into this years line up, included to recognise non-sales achievements. The winner may be a team or individual who’s brought something to the business that has made a big impact on operations, strategy or efficiency. Staff voted, management shortlisted the following nominees and the final decision will be made by Amy Robertson, Ed Marriage and Andrea Marsh.

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT TEAM

For creating and implementing the new platform updates

JO & THE ACADEMY

For implementing a whole new talent program

SIDEWALK TEAM

For creating and delivering the new editorial issues concept

FAYE MARLBOROUGH

For managing social and team building initiatives

SNOW TEAM

For creating, managing and delivering the Product Guides

Award 4: Content Piece

Staff were invited to put forward their stand out piece of content (words, pictures or video; or all three) produced by an in house individual or team. Staff voted, management shortlisted the following 10 pieces and the final decision will be made by Ed Marriage and Dee Smith.

CCTV BIKE THIEF

Cleggy

THE TOP 10 FATTEST SURFERS

Billy Wilson

EE ACTION CAM DRIFT TRIKE

Sarah Rimassa, Chris Fischer

THE INDESTRUCTIBLES

Jonathan Bates, Alex Merz, Sam Brooker, Social, Academy

TRIPLE HEADER

Kingpin

STORE WARS

Sidewalk, Patrick Lindon

NIKON - I AM ACTION

Fran Sharpes, Sarah Rimassa, Olivia Burton, Laura Raphael, Tristan Kennedy

SEND OFF SESSIONS

Craig Scrivener, Onboard

ROLLERSNAKES TOUR

Sidewalk

SNOW: BUYERS GUIDE

Ed Blomfield, Andrew Duthie, Sam McMahon, Mike Brindley

Award 5: Newcomer of the Year

This is the second new award added to this years proceedings, and is for anyone who has been working at Factory for less than a year and has shown the most significant potential to make a difference – if they haven’t done already! Staff voted, management shortlisted the following nominees and the final decision will be made by the Factory Board.

HERU PRASETYO

BERNICE FRAMPTON

LAURA RAPHAEL

HASAN PARACHA

OLIVIA BURTON

Award 6: Creative Individual of the Year

Factory staff were invited to nominate who they believed had shown exceptional creative flair. The key criteria was creativity and innovation, and most importantly – delivery of concept. Evidence of creativity could have been across online, social, pictures, video, formats, design, development and campaigns – but all should be stretching concepts that have demonstrated creative flair.

Staff voted, management shortlisted the following nominees and the final decision will be made by Phil Young, Dee Smith and Gunner.

ADAM HUNT

CLEGGY

ANDY HORSLEY

TRISTAN KENNEDY

RYAN VAN-KESTEREN

Award 7: Team of the Year

All staff were asked to voted for their team of the year. The nominations were open to any team within the company; brands, commercial or operations and as you know there is no ‘I’ in Factory. Staff voted, management shortlisted the following nominees and the final decision will be made by the Factory Board.

DEVELOPMENT

AD OPERATIONS

PRODUCTION

CONSUMER SALES

THE ACADEMY

Award 8: Brand of the Year

With 23 owned and operated brands under the Factory roof, this award will recognise the brand that has shown commercial success, audience development and growth, innovation, product development, successful marketing activity and consistently high brand values.

The 23 have been shortlisted down to 5, with the winner being decided by the Factory Board.

MPORA

RIDEUK

SURF EUROPE

SIDEWALK

WHITELINES

Award 9: Outstanding Individual

The award of the evening – recognising the individual who has gone over and above their position to excel and bring value to Factory. Nominees were proposed and chosen by the Factory Board.

The winner of The Outstanding Individual Award 2015 will win a snowboarding/skiing holiday for two!

ADAM HUNT

Adam is Factory through and through, knows our business like the back of his hand and is passionate about making us as successful as he can.

This year he has excelled. He has really understood the core business needs and work on platform improvements to totally support the business. He has worked over and above the call of duty, late into the evening and at weekends with no moaning. He produces high quality work and always has the consumer in mind when working on developing the platform. For 4 months he managed the whole of the tech team between Joe leaving and Min starting, during one of the biggest platform updates we have had in years. The project was delivered exactly on time and to a high standard and we have already benefited from the changes.

In short, Adam is a huge asset to the business!

JONATHAN BATES

Jonathan has managed to build a TV production company out of nothing in under 7 months. He sourced and hired over 40 people, bought kit, designed edit flows and sorted out the data. He has delivered a 12 x 30 minute TV series, which had the most ‘Pic of the Day’ mentions for any show in 2015 and the most in AFP history x 10 and also created the material to make over 200 pieces of digital content.

Jonathan did it all with a resolute attitude that no matter what got thrown at him, from ski slope arsonists, and flooded wave pools, to freaky shoulder breaking incidents, he took it all on the chin and came back with a solution. When the budget was tight he became the series producer, then the series director and then the series editor.

In simple terms he did whatever was needed to get it over the line.

SAM BROOKER

If Factory Media could clone Sam we would. She works hard, her attitude is exemplary and she does what she says she’ll do. That’s why she’s so successful.

She has had a phenomenal year. The first person to generate over £1m in revenue in one year. Pivotal in the Casio Indestructibles deal and growing AEGIS spend 200% YoY.

She is driven, determined and has surprising steel for someone who comes across so genuine and likeable. Sam also does the small stuff well. Little touches like the ‘Welcome to Farringdon’ guide she organised for the agency Starcom, all make a big difference.

Importantly she’s a real team player and always smiling… more of the same in 2016 please Sam!

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