*UPDATE: To see a full album of pictures from the night, click here.*
De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU)’s resident student-media group rounded off #DSUAwards16 with a marathon celebration on Friday night.
Hundreds of members from across Demon Media came together with high-flying industry professionals at St Martin’s House at Leicester Cathedral for The SULETS Demon Media Awards 2016 to celebrate another successful year for community radio station DemonFM, Demon TV and The Demon magazine and website.
The evening, hosted by outgoing VP Media and Communications Adam Redfern, DSU Media and Communications Coordinator Jonathan Whitney plus ex-DemonFM presenter and current Capital East Midlands breakfast show producer Dave Murphy also saw entertainment from English Comedian of the Year 2014 and De Montfort University (DMU) graduate Jack Campbell.
The main award, Demon of the Year, went to next year’s DemonFM Station Manager Hannah Rowe, who was shocked at the accolade. She said: “It’s amazing.
“I’m still a little speechless about the whole thing as it is still a massive honour that I can’t quite believe I got.”
Hannah, who has spent the year as the community radio station’s Head of News, was typically modest. “This entire year has been a great showcase of talent,” she continued. “It’s really overwhelming to hear what everyone had to say and it took me a few minutes to actually realise they were talking about me.
“It means I’m confident that as a station we can move forward with many of the plans and projects we have talked about for the next year and I’m looking forward to working with some truly talented people.”
Adam Redfern has been involved with Demon Media for the last five years, two of which as DSU’s VP Media and Communications. He said: “It's been another fantastic year for Demon Media and I'm glad the night did the year justice – it was incredible once again.
“When I was elected two years ago, I wanted to continue to raise the awareness of Demon Media as a whole. Not a lot of people on my course got involved early on, if at all, which baffled me.
“Employability has been my focus and for the last five years at DMU, but Demon Media has been a lot more than that. I've made friends for life and experienced things I never thought I would get the opportunity to do.
“I want to thank everyone who came to the awards; members; family; friends and of course; the industry professionals. I also want to thank all of my colleagues at DSU for being so supportive and giving me the best two years of my life.”
The full list of winners on the night included;
The Demon Best Newcomer – Dan Wildman
DemonFM Best Newcomer – Harry Davidson
Demon TV Best Newcomer – Lydia George
The Demon Best Article – ‘Alternative Freshers’ Week’ (Mollie Mansfield)
Demon Online Best Article – ‘Ryan Reynolds’ (Abigail Remmer)
Demon TV Best On-Screen Male and Female – Ollie McGrath and Lydia George
The Demon Best Male and Female – Ben Howgill and Ellen Kerbey
DemonFM Best Male and Female – Sam Plummer and Hannah Rowe
DemonFM Behind the Scenes Male and Female – Ollie McGrath and Lucy Madaras
Demon TV Best Off-Screen Male and Female – Domonic Whiting and Kat Evans
DemonFM Best Specialist Show – Luke and Sam
DemonFM Best Entertainment Show – Luke Smith
The Demon Best Section – Fashion
Demon Online Best Section – Film and TV
Demon TV Best Individual Video – Demon Media Showcase
Demon TV Best Show – DSU Elections Special
DemonFM Best Strand – Home Run
Collaborative Project of the Year – Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival
Community Impact Award – Mike Mayes
Community Member of the Year – Aaron Horn
Demon Media Personality of the Year – Ollie McGrath
SULETS Strand of the Year – The Demon
Demon of the Year – Hannah Rowe
Ollie McGrath scooped the Demon Media Personality of the Year Award and said: “It still hasn’t really sunk in! I have been lucky enough to be involved in some amazing and I’ve loved it all.
“This year has been such an amazing year and getting asked to produce content for the awards was really cool because I got a preview to the ceremony before everyone else. Hearing everyone’s highlights and recording some stupid videos was really fun to do and they went down really well on the night.”
Ollie will be DemonFM’s Head of Programming next year and was full of praise for new station manager and Demon of the Year Hannah Rowe. “Working with Hannah all year long has been a pleasure,” he explained. “She puts so much effort into everything she does. I’m so excited for next year and mark my words: Strand of the Year 2017 is DemonFM!
“Demon Media is such a massive opportunity whether you are interested in getting a job in the media industry or not. It gives you the chance to interview famous people, attend festivals, showcase your talents, become more employable and more importantly make some lifelong friends.
“I cannot wait for next year!”
The SULETS Demon Media Awards 2016 was the final of five awards ceremonies to celebrate the work of students throughout the year. To find out more about DSU’s awards season, click here. And to find out more Demon Media at DSU, click here.