Today, fittingly Valentine’s Day….. we open the Prolific Awards 2013 to entries from industry players from across the North. The entries deadline is 22 March and we’re aiming to announce the shortlist on 10 April ahead of the awards dinner on Thursday 16 May. The 18 categories available span newspapers and media sites, digital, radio and TV, indies, apps and events and marketing campaigns.

To submit an entry or to obtain more information on the entry process, judges and judging criteria, please click here to visit our dedicated micro site.

The Awards dinner itself is being held at The Point at Lancashire County Cricket Club on the evening of Thursday 16 May.

We are optimistic that the evening will see the largest gathering this year of the North’s leading media, creative and marketing industry players.



The co-hosts at the Awards are Jim Hancock and Beccy Meehan. Hancock is already a familiar face to Prolific North readers while Meehan shortly will be, as she is about to become the new co-presenter of BBC North West Tonight.

The awards ceremony will be followed by an informal party at which the DJ Clint Boon will be entertaining guests with his own choice of sounds.

There are 18 categories open for entry together with one category  “Personality”  which the judges will decide upon.

The judging panel we have brought together is an outstanding one, full of seasoned and acclaimed industry players, including:

Russ Brady/head of group public relations/the Co-op
Sean Marley/ formerly MD of Lime Pictures and now an independent
Alice Morrison/AMO Media Associates
Martin Anderson/former chair of BDH and now creative consultant
Andy Green/Andy Green Creativity
Jim Hancock/journalist and broadcaster
Jon Brown/Paver Smith and a judge this year at the Newspaper Society awards
David Edmundson-Bird/principal lecturer in digital marketing & enterprise, MMU
Sarah Hartley/journalist



Steve Kuncewicz/intellectual property, media and social media lawyer

Tony Wood/head of site optimisation/
Rob McLoughlin/Carm productions and broadcasting
Paul Mousley/writer
Richard Frediani/programme editor/ITN

Sally Sykes, director of external affairs, EEF

Andy Barke, agency head, Google UK


Each judge will be casting their eyes over just a few categories related to their sphere of expertise. If there are any conflicts, the judge involved will not participate in either seeing those entries or in the judging process of the said category.

The 18 categories open for entry submissions are:

  • Newspaper
    Media web site
    TV programme
    Creative agency
    Media agency
    Media sales
    Digital agency
    SEO & PPC agency
    Social media agency
    PR agency
    Marketing/integrated communications campaign of the year
    Independent production company
    Animation/Graphics company
    Radio station
    App of the Year
    Live event of the year
    Best Newcomer

Further information on all the above can be found at the micro site.

Good luck.