(L-R: Lord McDonald, Dr. Tessa Hartmann, Vice-Chancellor Pamela Gillies)
Glasgow, Scotland, and 29th June 2012 – Tessa Hartmann has been given an honorary doctorate by Glasgow Caledonian University, in the same month fellow producer John Fortune-Fraser was honoured with an MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
“There is no better award than being recognised by one’s peers. I feel truly humbled and privileged to be given this incredible honour. With our mentor and motivator John Fortune-Fraser receiving an MBE from HRH The Queen in the same month it’s nothing short of wonderful. This film simply wouldn’t have been made without his leadership, motivation and mentorship. – Tessa Hartmann
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As producer and co-founder of Billi Productions Ltd and Scotland’s first full length animated feature ‘Sir Billi’ Tessa was recognised by Glasgow Caledonian University this week. Hartmann is a high profile creative figure in Scotland who not only secured an impressive cast for her first animated feature film ‘Sir Billi’, including Sir Sean Connery and Alan Cumming, but she actively supports creative talent in the fields of fashion, where she set up the Scottish Fashion Awards to showcase creative and design talent around the world.
Running Billi Productions with her co-creator and husband Sascha Hartmann who directed Sir Billi, the company have more than one celebration to acknowledge this month as fellow producer and financier to Billi Productions Ltd John Fortune-Fraser was honoured in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List with an MBE for his contribution to industry and charity.
This double celebration comes in a year when they finished production on the Scotland’s first animated feature ‘Sir Billi’ that was created and produced entirely in Scotland in a project that spanned over 6 years. The film recently screened at Sonoma Film Festival to rave reviews and is currently concluding a distribution deal.
Of Tessa’s award the Principle and vice-chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies of Glasgow Caledonian University said: “We are delighted to welcome creative and civic minded citizens into our distinguished family of honorary graduates.
“They each have a remarkable record in business and public life and each individual honoured is an inspiration to our university community of staff, students, graduates and alumni.”
The award was presented by the university chancellor, Lord Macdonald of Tradeston and Professor Pamela Gillies, at ceremony in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.
Comic book writer Mark Miller was also awarded an Honorary Degree at the same ceremony. Millar, whose works Kick Ass and Wanted were adapted to hit films is also known for his comic books The Authority, The Ultimates, Marvel Knights Spider-Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four and Civil War.
Both industry veterans keep good company as they join a high profile list of university honorees including Kofi Annan and Annie Lennox who received Honorary Doctorates earlier this year. The university presented an Honorary Doctorate of Laws to Kofi Annan for his work to address international issues such as HIV/Aids, poverty and human rights. It was the first time the former Secretary General of the United Nations has accepted an honorary award from a Scottish university.
Annie Lennox, singer – songwriter, activist and philanthropist also accepted earlier this year GCU’s first Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement in recognition of her promotion of health and human rights for women and children affected by HIV/Aids.
“There is no better award than being recognised by one’s peers. I feel truly humbled and privileged to be given this incredible honour. With our mentor and motivator John Fortune-Fraser receiving an MBE from HRH The Queen in the same month it’s nothing short of wonderful. This film simply wouldn’t have been made without his leadership, motivation and mentorship.”