BAFTA to Fete Olympics, Super Bowl TV helmer

Hamish Hamilton specializes in large-scale events

LONDON — Helmer Hamish Hamilton will be feted at BAFTA’s British Academy Television Craft Awards.

The TV director responsible for handling the opening and closing ceremonies of last year’s London Olympics and the half-time show at this year’s Super Bowl will receive the BAFTA Special Award in recognition of his “ability to showcase unique live spectacles through multi-camera based television directing.”

“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 on screen,” said Andrew Newman, chairman of BAFTA’s TV Committee. “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.”

An estimated 900 million people around the world saw the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics on July 27, including 26.9 million people in Blighty and 41 million in the U.S.

Beyonce’s half-time show at Super Bowl XLVII was viewed by an average 104 million Americans. The show set social media alight generating 30.6 million social media comments, including 5.5 million tweets. Hamilton also helmed Madonna’s half-time show during the 2012 Super Bowl, which reached a record 116 million viewers.

“I am totally thrilled, rather surprised and a little emotional to be receiving this Special Award,” said Hamilton. “It is great to be recognized for work that surrounds me with so many talented friends.”

The British Academy Television Craft Awards will take place April 28 in London. Stephen Mangan, star of Showtime skein “Episodes,” will host the ceremony.

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