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14 Mar 2017

Ravensbourne alumnus wins two Emmy Awards

Ravensbourne alumnus Alex Rudzinski, a broadcast graduate, has won two Emmy Awards for his work on Grease Live! which aired on American television channel, Fox.

Alex, who graduated from a two year HND course in broadcast TV operations when Ravensbourne was “Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication” based in Chislehurst, won “Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special” and “Outstanding Special Class Program” for his part in producing the show.

Grease Live! was shot on location at Warner Bros Studios in LA and featured Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, Carly Rae Jepson as Frenchie and Jessie J. It became one of the highest rated shows of 2016 on American television and was quickly followed by Hairspray Live! in December 2016 which Alex also directed.

Alex said: “It’s fantastic to be credited with such a prestigious award. It’s been great to be part of a new genre of television and I’m very much looking forward to doing the same with “Bye Bye Birdie”, our live musical featuring Jennifer Lopez this Christmas.”

Alex lives in LA with his family and works as a freelancer, specialising in multi-camera live directing. He started his career in regional news and worked his way into national UK news. At 26 he became a senior director at what was then London News Network on London Tonight.

He was then offered a position on the “Big Breakfast” which allowed him to jump from news into entertainment and went on to direct the first three series of “Strictly Come Dancing” before taking the format to America to become the director on “Dancing with the Stars” for over a decade. Alex is currently planning this summer’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Upon talking about his Ravensbourne experience Alex commented: “My time at the institution became a great foundation for me to slide seamlessly into a broadcast role.

“There were amazing facilities and we were taught to use broadcast technology to a high standard. The calibre of our tuition was really high and our tutors had direct industry experience, which they were keen to pass on.

“I think the opportunities at Ravensbourne are unique to succeeding in the UK broadcast industry with students having access to cutting-edge technology and top of the range tutoring. At work I meet many people who attended Ravensbourne and I know they are highly employable and that their work will be of an excellent standard.”

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