A graduate of the University of Sunderland has won a prestigious Emmy Award – for his work with James Corden and Paul McCartney.

Emmy Awards are American prizes that recognise excellence in the television industry. And, just over a week ago, Sunderland graduate James Longman scooped an Emmy for his work as co-executive producer on the CBS programme the Late, Late Show.

The Late, Late Show is a late-night talk show, currently presented by James Corden.

James Longman’s team won the prize for ‘Best Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)’ for ‘Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney’.

And it wasn’t the first time on the red carpet for James Longman, who graduated with a degree in media and communications from the University of Sunderland in 1998.

In 2017, James won an Emmy for his work as Supervising Producer on the Late, Late Show and in 2016 he was named a BAFTA LA Newcomer.

James, who received his award during a glamorous ceremony in Los Angeles, said, “We beat off some tricky competition.”

“We were nominated for another few but didn’t win – but we’re all over the moon to win this one.”

James moved to Los Angeles to take up a job on the Late, Late Show in 2015. The show’s Carpool Karaoke section – during which stars from the music world take a spin with James Corden while the two sing along to their songs – has become a hit across the world.

As well as Paul McCartney, Carpool Karaoke has featured Lady Gaga, the Foo Fighters, Britney Spears, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ariana Grande, Adele, Mariah Carey, Take That, Stevie Wonder, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber and many other artists.

James Longman said, “I’ve produced sketches with Michelle Obama, Will Smith and David Beckham – it’s been another fun year.”

Since it began in 2015, the Late, Late Show with James Corden has picked up nine Emmy Awards in total.

(This article’s featured image shows James Longman and James Corden collecting their Emmy Award.)

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