IABM Annual International Awards 2015 – Winners Announced

The IABM Annual International Business Conference & Awards 2015 were held in early December and Christy Media Solutions was proud to be involved with this event as a sponsor.

The awards recognise outstanding achievement in four key areas of the industry which the IABM views as central to its mission. A fifth award — Honorary Membership of IABM — is presented to an individual who has made a key contribution to the broadcast and media industry over the course of their entire career.

This year’s winners were:

IABM Broadcast & Media Technology Woman of the Year – Michelle Munson

“The high calibre of all the shortlisted candidates for this year’s Woman of the Year award clearly demonstrates that our industry is moving on from its male-dominated past,” commented Peter White.

“This year’s winner, CEO and Co-Founder of Aspera, Michelle Munson, has not only led the business in a stellar, profitable growth path culminating in its recent acquisition by IBM, she has also played a key role as co-inventor of the company’s FASP® high-speed data transport technology, transforming the way big data is ingested, processed, managed, distributed and delivered today.”

Deborah Cross of Christy Media Solutions presented the award to Michelle Munson at the event (pictures above).

IABM Young Person of the Year – Ludovic Michaud

A graduate of Valenciennes University in France, this year’s winner of the IABM Young Person of the Year is Ludovic Michaud. “Ludovic Michaud has demonstrated a strong understanding of transmission, compression and workflows and how they can be better applied to meet the challenges of delivering content everywhere,” said IABM CEO, Peter White. “Our challenge is to ensure that the broadcast and media technology business continues to attract the brightest talent; Ludovic Michaud demonstrates that we can.”

IABM International Award for Excellence in Sustainability – Coronation Street/ITV Studios

When long-running British serial drama Coronation Street relocated its production site to MediaCityUK in 2014, it pledged to deliver ‘television drama of the highest quality with the lowest possible environmental impact’.

“Coronation Street/ITV Studios has provided a blueprint for sustainable television production,” said John Ive, IABM Director of Technology and Strategic Insight. “They have assessed and minimised the environmental impact of every element of the production from renewable energy to power the site, to electronic scripts and ‘paperwork’, recycling and minimising waste across the entire production chain.”

In addition, GENELEC was highly commended in this category for its 30-year commitment to sustainability, which it regards as a core part of its business values.

IABM Peter Wayne Award for Design and Innovation – IntoPIX

IntoPIX’s development of TICO lightweight visually lossless compression enables 4K/UHD to be transported over legacy SDI infrastructure and 10GbE networks with the smallest latency and minimal complexity while preserving image quality.

“In bringing TICO to market, IntoPIX has amply met all the criteria we set for judging the Peter Wayne Award – innovation, performance, value for money and tangible end-user benefits,” said John Ive. “As we continue our march to ever higher resolutions and framerates, this is a perfect illustration of how innovative engineering can help to make it happen quickly and cost-effectively.”

IABM Honorary Membership – Clyde Smith

Now Consultant for New Technologies at US broadcaster FOX’s Network Engineering and Operations, Clyde Smith has been at the forefront of digital imaging innovation throughout his career. Having spent eight years at the Kennedy Space Center supporting numerous shuttle missions and interplanetary probes, Smith is quite literally a rocket scientist. Smith has also led technology development at Speer Communications, Turner and Turner Broadcast System, along the way contributing to many key international standards initiatives. Smith has been recognised with numerous awards, including the SMPTE David Sarnoff Gold Medal.

“As well as his innumerable achievements in the industry, Clyde Smith has provided valuable support and advice to the IABM over many years, and I’m delighted that the IABM has honoured him in this way,” said White.

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