Uncharted Creative Director Amy Hennig to Receive a BAFTA Special Award

Amy Hennig, writer and director on the critically acclaimed Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, will be presented with a BAFTA Special Award next month, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced on Tuesday.

According to a post on BAFTA’s official website, the Special Award will be presented to Hennig at an event held at the Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday, June 12.

BAFTA says that the event is part of its “renewed commitment to growing its global games membership and celebrating the games industry in the USA.”

“Amy is one of the industry’s most successful and respected creative leaders, and we are thrilled to recognise her outstanding contribution through this special award — one of BAFTA’s highest accolades,” says Harvey Elliot, chairman of the BAFTA Games Committee.

“Her work in the games industry spans nearly three decades, and throughout this illustrious career she has championed the importance of a game’s script, with this creative vision pervading all her work. We look forward to celebrating this much-deserved award with her on 12 June.”

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Amy Hennig collaborated on the critically acclaimed Uncharted 2: Among Thieves with fellow co-director Bruce Straley, who, along with Neil Druckmann, would end up leading the development on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End following Hennig’s departure from Naughty Dog.

Hennig, a University of California, Berkeley alumni, is a well-respected and highly accomplished figure in the gaming industry.

Not only does her career span more than two decades in the gaming industry, but among the many accolades that she’s earned, Hennig has two Writers Guild of America Video Game Writing Awards to her name.

After a decade-long career at the award-winning Naughty Dog, where she worked on the first three Uncharted titles and also began the initial development on the fourth main installment (which was eventually scrapped), Hennig left the developer in 2014 and took on a new position at the Electronic Arts-owned Visceral Games.

She’s currently working alongside actor Todd Stashwick on an unannounced Star Wars title for Visceral Games.