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2011 IBC Innovation Awards Finalists Announced

LONDON: Finalists for the 2011 IBC Innovation Awards have been announced. The awards go to the end user of a new system, usually coming online in 2011, which represents a real development partnership between suppliers, integrators and broadcasters or production companies.

There are three categories: Most innovative use in technology in content creation, content management and content delivery. There is a fourth Judges Award, which could be awarded to one of the shortlisted projects or it could be given to another project which has caught their eye.

The four finalists in content creation are:

  • YouReporter, a citizen journalism initiative from RIA Novosti in Russia which is brave as well as innovative.
  • Large-scale live production for MotoGP by Dorna Sports, handling many thousands of clips capturing the excitement of motor sport, using technology supplied by Grass Valley.
  • CNBC 4D: Interactive motion tracking to allow CNBC presenters to interact with 3D graphics, using technology from Unreel, with Brainstorm and Motion Analysis.
  • Post production on Flying Monsters 3D, bringing David Attenborough and pterosaurs together thanks to SGO Mistika at On Sight with Atlantic Productions, Vision3 and Sky3D TV Channel.

Finalists in the content management category:

  • Globalising workflow at Rogers, linking journalists across Canada at Rogers Media, using Quantel technology to give everyone access to all content, wherever they are.
  • ProSiebenSat.1 Produktion’s transition to an all-digital content management system, using the IBM Media Enterprise Framework with additional technology and integration from BFE, Harris, Tektronix and Vizrt, and bringing remarkable cost savings.
  • Jupiter Tools, giving BBC journalists free access to content, metadata and editing tools wherever they are, using technology from BLStream, Quantel and Rhozet.
  • Globally integrated news production at CNN, using technology from Adobe, Apple, IPV, Omneon, Sony, VizRT, JVC and Telestream to support thousands of users and 20,000 new assets a week.

Content delivery finalists:

  • Digital End To End, to deliver its movies and television programming to hundreds of broadcasters, headends, cinemas and websites, drawing on technology from Accenture and AmberFin.
  • Metroethernet, a high capacity, high reliability approach to city-wide IP file exchange for Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo, bringing together equipment from Cisco and Intelig.
  • Single frequency networks for HD, using a unique cellular approach: transmission company DNA used technology and services from Plisch and TeamCast to get DVB-T2 on air quickly.

The winners will be announced and the Awards presented at the Awards Ceremony at IBC, on Sunday Sept. 11 at in the Auditorium at the RAI, Amsterdam.