Hastings graduate celebrates Game of Thrones’ Emmy haul

Pete Mellor, Miles Donocan and Luke Best from Peepshow Collective who won an Emmy for Outstanding Motion Design
Pete Mellor, Miles Donocan and Luke Best from Peepshow Collective who won an Emmy for Outstanding Motion Design

A Hastings graduate is celebrating after being part of the Game of Thrones team who won 12 Primetime Emmy awards on Sunday (September 20).

Basia Lalik studied Broadcast Media at the University of Brighton Hastings campus.

Basia Lalik

Basia Lalik

She has been working on the Game of Thrones television series, which won an Emmy for Best Drama, and political comedy VEEP, which won Best Comedy.

I’m absolutely thrilled,” she said.

“VEEP won five Emmys including Outstanding Comedy Series, and Game of Thrones won Outstanding Drama Series and broke the record with 12 Emmys in total.

“I’m extremely proud to be part of both super-talented and hard-working teams.”

Basia worked as a Post Production Coordinator for VEEP for the last couple of years and joined the editorial department of Game of Thrones in July.

She was grateful for the training and preparation the university gave her.

“The Broadcast Media course helped me gain knowledge and necessary skills for my first running job in Envy Post Production in Soho which I started the day after the end of term.

“During my time in Hastings I was made aware of numerous roles within the industry which I would not have previously considered.

“Being taught and supported by industry professionals gave me a great understanding of the media industry and confidence to pursue my goal.”

A team of former Hastings graduates were also delighted after the ceremony in Los Angeles after winning an Emmy for Outstanding Motion Design.

Miles Donovan, Chrissie Macdonald, Pete Mellor, Andrew Rae, Lucy Vigrass, Luke Best and Spencer Wilson accepted the award for the illustrators’ Peepshow Collective, which created the animated graphic sequences for the television series How We Got To Now.

All of them graduated the same year with a degree in Illustration from the university’s Hastings campus other than Luke who passed the following year.

“I think I speak for everyone when I say we had a brilliant experience at Brighton,” Miles said.

“There was incredible support from our tutors and head of course [at the time] Margaret Huber.

“We enjoyed the freedom to experiment and explore different departments at the university – printmaking, animation, photography, and bookbinding.

“We all learnt how to problem solve visually on those early illustration assignments at Brighton.

“They are the transferable skills we use every day in our roles as illustrators, animators and art directors.”

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