Liz Murdoch takes business award
J.K. Rowling and producer Alison Owen (“Brick Lane”) were among those feted at the U.K.’s 17th Women in Film and Television Awards, dished out over lunch at London’s Hilton Hotel on Friday.“Harry Potter” creator Rowling received the U.K. Film Council-backed script award at the annual kudofest, which recognizes the contribution of women in the Brit film and TV industries. Owen collected an award for her work on recent pics “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” “Brick Lane,” and the upcoming “The Other Boleyn Girl.” Elisabeth Murdoch, CEO of independent production company Shine, was presented with the business award by “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell. Argentine cinematographer Natasha Braier (“XXY”) collected the new talent honor from helmer Gurinder Chadha for her contribution to short films. Comedy scribe and performer Julia Davis was feted with a creative originality award. Davis wrote and starred in BBC3 comedy “Nighty Night.” Recently deceased producer Verity Lambert was awarded the previously announced lifetime achievement award for a career spanning more than 40 years. Lambert is best remembered for producing the first series of “Doctor Who.” Other recipients included colorist Jet Omoshebi (craft); Tess Alps, chief exec of media company Thinkbox (achievement of the year); and BBC World presenter Lyse Doucet (news and factual). Comedienne Jenny Eclair hosted the event.