National TV Academy Announces Tech Emmy Winners

NATAS Technology & Engineering Emmys
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NEW YORK—Nearly 80 broadcasters, universities, companies and standards organizations will be recognized as recipients of the 72nd Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Award during a ceremony Oct. 10 to be held in partnership with NAB during the 2021 NAB Show, Oct. 9-13, in Las Vegas, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced.

“The Technology & Engineering Emmy Award was the first Emmy Award issued in 1949, and it laid the groundwork for all the other Emmys to come,” said NATAS CEO & President Adam Sharp. “We are extremely happy about honoring these prestigious companies, again in partnership with NAB, where the intersection of innovation, technology and excitement in the future of television can be found.”

The award is presented to living individuals, a company or scientific or technical organization for development and/or standardization involved in engineering technologies that either represent an extensive improvement on existing methods or are so innovative in nature that they materially have affected television, NATAS said.

The winners include:

System to Measure Video Performances and Demographics across multiple platforms

  • Nielsen

Pioneering Development and Deployment of Server-Side Ad Manipulation and/or Playout for Adaptive Bitrate Video Distribution

  • mDialog, Anvato (Google)
  • NBCU
  • This Technology (Comcast)
  • Seawell (Commscope)
  • Time Warner Cable (Charter)

Development of Open Perceptual Metrics for Video Encoding Optimization

  • Beamr 
  • Netflix 
  • University of Southern California 
  • Université de Nantes 
  • University of Texas at Austin 
  • Disney 
  • Google 
  • Brightcove 
  • ATEME 

Development of the Event Signaling and Management API Standard

  • CableLabs 
  • Comcast 
  • TimeWarner Cable (Charter) 
  • SCTE 

Pioneering Deployment of the Event Signaling and Management API 

  • TimeWarner Cable (Charter) 
  • Arris (CommScope) 
  • Cisco 
  • Envivio (MediaKind) 
  • Harmonic 
  • RGB 
  • This Technology (Comcast) 

Pioneering Development of LED Lighting for Television Production

  • Litepanels LTD (Vitec Production Solutions)

Cross-MVPD Dynamic Ad Insertion for Cable Network Video on Demand Content 

  • Canoe Ventures 

AI/Optimization for Real-Time Video Compression

  • Harmonic
  • MediaKind 
  • ATEME 
  • Amazon Web Services 

Invention and Pioneering Development of Intra-Pixel Charge Transfer CMOS Image Sensors 

  • Eric Fossum
  • ON Semiconductor 
  • Eastman Kodak 

Standardization of SMPTE ST 2110 

  • SMPTE 
  • Video Services Forum (VSF) 

Common Encryption

  • European Broadcasting Union 
  • DVB 

Content Delivery Networks 

  • Akamai Technologies 

Standardization and Commercialization of Television—Broadcast, Hybrid Electrical and FiberOptic Camera Cable and Connectors

  • SMPTE 
  • The Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB) 
  • European Broadcasting Union  
  • LEMO 
  • Belden 
  • NEMAL 

OLED Reference Monitors for Creative, Technical, Quality Control and Client Viewing 

  • LG Electronics 
  • Sony Electronics  

Dynamic Metadata for Optimal HDR and WCG Color Volume Mapping 

  • Dolby Laboratories

Advanced Authoring Format 

  • AAF Association (AMWA) 
  • Avid Technology 
  • BBC Research & Development 
  • European Broadcasting Union 

Pioneering Secure Cloud-Based VFX Project Management and Collaboration at Scale 

  • Nelvana (Corus Entertainment) 
  • Shotgun Software (Autodesk) 

Development and Pioneering Deployment of Synchronized Local DMA Advertising Capability for DBS/MVPDs 

  • Ampersand 
  • Comcast 
  • Charter 
  • Cox 
  • AT&T 
  • Dish 
  • Invidi 

Standardization of the ISO Base Media File Format 

  • File Format Subgroup under ISO/IEC JTC1/SC29/WG 3 

On-Air Touch Screen for Data Visualization 

  • CBS 
  • CNN

Development of Massive Processing Optimized Compression Technologies 

  • Amazon 
  • ATEME 
  • Bitmovin 
  • Brightcove 
  • Disney 
  • Facebook 
  • Google-YouTube 
  • Netflix 

Newsroom Computer System (NRCS) Used to Plan and Automate the Production of Linear Live-To-Air or Live-to-Recording News Program 

  • Associated Press 
  • Avid

More information is available on the NATAS website (opens in new tab)

Phil Kurz

Phil Kurz is a contributing editor to TV Tech. He has written about TV and video technology for more than 30 years and served as editor of three leading industry magazines. He earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.