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Ex Notre Dame Student wins Emmy

Former student Rosy Deacon, who left Notre Dame in 2009, was presented with an international television scriptwriting award at the International Emmy® World Television Festival in New York.
Rosy who recently graduated with a first class degree from York University’s Film and Television Production degree, received the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award for ‘Shards’, a one-hour fantasy drama pilot, she wrote as part of a third-year individual project module on scriptwriting.
Presented by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, the award is designed to motivate non-American new writers under the age of 30, offering them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting.
As well as being flown out to New York City, Rosy received a $2,500 prize and took part in the red carpet festivities at the Awards ceremony where her winning script Shards was read out by actors in front of a Festival audience.
Rosy, now 23, said: “Winning the award was absolutely amazing. The Ustinov Award is so prestigious, so I just feel very honoured and proud to have won it.”
“The script is heavily influenced by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland along with Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, but setting it in Berlin in the 60s also let me add a whole Cold War, espionage element, which really let me have a lot of fun with it.”
Lecturer Simon van der Borgh, from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, at York University where Rosy studied said: “It is unparalleled to my knowledge for a graduating student to win such a prestigious prize for a piece of work developed as part of her degree programme.”
Rosy is currently on a three-month internship with the Knight Hall Agency in London, After which she hopes to go into script development, working for a production company, as well as doing more writing herself.
We at Notre Dame are very proud of Rosy and her fantastic achievement. I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more of her in the future.