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Above: Andy Serkis, "flying the flag for British creativity", winner of the CIC  Award.

Actor, director and entrepreneur Andy Serkis has been awarded the inaugural Cross-Industry Collaboration Award for demonstrating how convergence across creative disciplines can bring international success.

The award, launched by the Creative Industries Council (CIC), is a new category in the The Hospital Club's 2015 h.Club 100 Awards, which celebrate entrepreneurs and innovators across all the UK’s creative industries. Ten individuals were nominated for the award.

Serkis, who played Gollum in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and is directing the forthcoming ‘Jungle Book’, is co-founder of Imaginarium Studios, a London development facility which has built an international reputation in motion capture technology filming and other digital and visual effects fields.

Accepting the award on behalf of Serkis at the annual h.Club 100 Awards in central London yesterday, Tony Orsten, CEO of Imaginarium Studios, said receiving recognition in the UK was important to the company.

Orsten said: “Our mandate is to build the creative and technical environment for what we call Next Generation Storytelling. To be recognized by the Creative Industries Council is a great honour and a phenomenal boost to our endeavours.

“We really are so proud to fly the flag for British creativity. So thank you again for putting your confidence in Andy and in Imaginarium Studios.”

The winner was chosen from a shortlist of 10 creative figures from nominations received by members of the CIC, a joint forum of industry and government.

Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, executive vice president EMEA of Facebook and the co-industry chair of the CIC, said: “What makes the UK unique is the depth and breadth of our creative sectors, and the ease with which we are adopting new technology to make it all work together.

“We had a wonderful list of creative collaborators and entrepreneurs to choose from for this award. In giving the award to Andy Serkis, we are recognising a brilliant actor and director, who is building a company that has the potential to be a world leader.”

More detail on the cross-industry collaboration award nominees can be found at

See for information on all the winners of the h.Club 100 awards.