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Eurosport, Medialaan and RTÉ win Innovation Awards at IBC 2018

Winners of the award for Content Creation, Eurosport.

Eurosport, Medialaan and RTÉ took home the Innovation Awards at IBC 2018 recognising the best in  media production and distribution in Europe. The awards evening was hosted by journalist and broadcaster Kate Russell.

IBC’s international judging panel also presented its Judges’ Prize to Econet Media and extended its International Honour for Excellence on Sesame Street creator Joan Ganz Cooney. Meanwhile, teams from BBC collected two trophies: the prize for the best Technical Paper as well as an IBC Special Award.

Eurosport took the award for Content Creation with the Eurosport Cube. Developed for the Winter Olympics, the technology partners were White Light, Deltatre and Disguise.

The other finalists in this category were CCTV with its partner Sobey for the remote 4K production link between Pyeongchang and Beijing, and Euronews with the world’s first “glocal” news service – global stories, locally tailored – with technology partners Dalet Digital Media, Adobe and Peaks.

To win the award for Content Distribution, Belgian content distributor Medialaan took the radical step of reducing the number of commercials seen by its subscribers. Using technology from Yospace, FreeWheel and Castlabs, it shortened breaks in catch-up viewing by only showing spots that are relevant to the individual viewer.

Also shortlisted were another aspect of Eurosport’s Olympic coverage, using NEP’s Mediabank, and Vodafone with its cloud platform for global broadcasting, using technology from Kaltura.

The award for Content Everywhere went to Irish national broadcaster RTÉ for Saorview Connect. With technology from Freesat and EKT, it offers many of the benefits of the best subscription services in a free-to-air service.

ESPN, working with LiveU and Imagine Communications, developed finalist Shortstop Live, a tool for journalists to get on air quickly via their phones. Also recognised was World Rally Championships All Live, covering every stage using technology from NEP, AMP Visual TV and Vislink.

The International Honour for Excellence, IBC’s highest award, went to Joan Ganz Cooney, one of the creators of Sesame Street. Now in her eighties, she is still active on the board of Sesame Workshop, and chairs its executive committee.

Two pioneering BBC projects, originally entered separately for the IBC Innovation Awards, were rewarded with an IBC Special Award at last night’s ceremony.

Civilisations AR was more than a simple companion app for the landmark arts documentary series. It allowed museums, libraries and galleries to contribute their treasures in ways which allowed a much wider audience to explore them.

IBC’s judging panel had another honour to bestow on the night. It gave its Judges’ Prize to Econet Media, based in South Africa, for the Kwesé Play mobile platform.

Winners at a glance :

  • Innovation, Content Creation: Eurosport
  • Innovation, Content Distribution: Medialaan
  • Innovation, Content Everywhere: RTÉ
  • Technical Paper: BBC R&D
  • Judges’ Prize: Econet Media
  • Special Award: BBC R&D
  • International Honour for Excellence: Joan Ganz Cooney