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Best Innovation in Lockdown

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Category Criteria:

This category rewards the most novel tech-driven innovation to be rolled out during the Covid-19 lockdown. It could be a cost-effective, lightweight, straightforward way to enhance remote production workflows; or a specific project that maximised the limited options open to production/post-production facilities during lockdown; or anything else that helped open up new ways of working in disparate and unusual environments and create high-quality new content for consumers stuck at home during the pandemic.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the project team and can be entered by any member of the team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The innovation should have been launched during lockdown but should be within the 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021 time frame.

As part of your entry, it would be useful if you could enter a short (up to 15-minutes) clip related to the project/innovation, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Best Title Sequence

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Category Criteria:

This award will go to a TV title sequence the judges consider to be outstanding in terms of its creative excellence. The judges are seeking title sequences that excel in terms of their visual impact, creativity, grade, sound design, CG, VFX or any other stand out aspects of the production.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the production team and can be entered by any member of the production team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The production should have been made between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021 on any international broadcast platform or streaming service.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short film (5-10 minutes) showcasing the title sequence and the work involved, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Best Use of AI and ML/Automation

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Category Criteria:

This award will go to a project the judges consider to be outstanding in terms of its use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Judges will be looking for how AI and ML has been utilised to revolutionise the management of media; for example, in automated archive tagging to make content discoverable that might otherwise have been overlooked. It could also be in the automation of production processes, from the acquisition of images through to the selection and distribution of content. Another example could be a project that, through AI and ML, runs very complex, data-heavy compliance checks on content, offering huge time and cost saving benefits over a human operator. The possibilities of how AI and ML could have been used are broad-ranging, and this category welcomes entries from any project or production using algorithms in the most innovative and beneficial ways.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the production team and can be entered by any member of the production team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The production should have been made between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021 on any international broadcast platform or streaming service.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short film (5-10 minutes) explaining how the AI/ML/automation works, showing it in operation, and explaining the benefits, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Best Use of Creative Innovation (Cloud/MAM)

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Category Criteria:

This award goes to a development the judges consider to be exceptional in its use of the cloud and/or media asset management (MAM) systems in transforming traditional ways of working. Judges will be looking for examples of how cloud-based services and/or MAMs have been utilised to open up new possibilities in the way content is stored, accessed, managed and discovered. This could be in any aspect of production or post-production, including making it possible for facilities to provide ‘pop up’ services and attractive remote working opportunities. This category would also suit companies with standout examples of transitioning from office-based to cloud-based services during lockdown.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the production team and can be entered by any member of the production team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The project should have taken place between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short film (5-10 minutes) explaining how the cloud/MAM was used for creative innovation, showing the development in operation, and explaining the benefits, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Best Use of Remote Production (News and Entertainment)

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Category Criteria:

This category rewards the best use of remote production in a news or entertainment broadcast. It honours news and entertainment productions that have devised technically impressive, creative ways to produce content remotely. Judges will look at the effectiveness of the remote production in reducing the number of staff and OB facilities on-location (especially in response to social distancing regulations), as well as how the production was handled in the remote production hub/decentralised production locations.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the production team and can be entered by any member of the production team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The production should have been made between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021 on any international broadcast platform or streaming service.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short (up to 15-minutes) clip of the broadcast or, if available, a behind-the-scenes film, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Best Use of Remote Production (Sport)

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This category rewards the best use of remote production in a sports broadcast. It honours sports productions that have devised technically impressive, creative ways to produce content remotely. Judges will look at the effectiveness of the remote production in reducing the number of staff and OB facilities on-location (especially in response to social distancing regulations), as well as how the production was handled in the remote production hub/decentralised production locations.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the production team and can be entered by any member of the production team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The production should have been made between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021 on any international broadcast platform or streaming service.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short (up to 15-minutes) clip of the broadcast or, if available, a behind-the-scenes film, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Best VFX Project

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Category Criteria:

This award will go to a TV production the judges consider to be outstanding in terms of its use of visual effects. Judges will be looking for a range of factors, from original and eye-catching ‘hero’ VFX to more subtle/invisible effects that simply ensure the consistency/accuracy of a scene. The production could be a VFX-heavy project or one that uses VFX in clever, creative ways but where there are only a limited number of VFX shots. The key factor should be that the VFX are both creatively strong and enhance the production in a way that would have been very challenging using only live action/in-camera effects.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the production team and can be entered by any member of the production team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The production should have been made between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021 on any international broadcast platform or streaming service.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short film (5-10 minutes) showcasing the VFX, ideally showing ‘before’ and ‘after’ clips, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Creative Use of AR or VR

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Category Criteria:

This category rewards the best use of AR or VR in TV, sports or advertising. It honours AR or VR projects that take full advantage of immersive augmented or virtual reality to provide a user experience that would be impossible to achieve any other way. It should creatively and technically push the boundaries, have the ‘wow’ factor and really capture the imagination. The AR or VR can be something used to enhance a TV broadcast, sports event or commercial.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the production team and can be entered by any member of the production team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The production should have been made between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short (up to 15-minutes) film showcasing the project, or a behind-the-scenes film about the making of the project, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Excellence in Audio Post-Production (Non-Scripted)

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Category Criteria:

This award will go to a non-scripted TV production the judges consider to be outstanding in terms of its audio post-production. The judges are seeking productions that excel in regard to their sound design/Foley, sound treatment and/or the audio mix. The project could include examples of audio restoration and audio quality enhancement as part of the audio treatment.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the production team and can be entered by any member of the production team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The production should have been made between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021 on any international broadcast platform or streaming service.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short film (5-10 minutes) showcasing the audio post-production work involved, ideally showing ‘before’ and ‘after’ clips, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Excellence in Audio Post-Production (Scripted)

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Category Criteria:

This award will go to a scripted TV production the judges consider to be outstanding in terms of its audio post-production. The judges are seeking productions that excel in regard to their sound design/Foley, sound treatment and/or the audio mix. The project could include examples of audio restoration and audio quality enhancement as part of the audio treatment.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the production team and can be entered by any member of the production team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The production should have been made between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021 on any international broadcast platform or streaming service.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short film (5-10 minutes) showcasing the audio post-production work involved, ideally showing ‘before’ and ‘after’ clips, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Excellence in Grading (Non-Scripted)

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Category Criteria:

This award will go to a non-scripted TV production the judges consider to be outstanding in terms of its colour grading work. Judges will be looking for a range of factors, from original and eye-catching ‘hero’ grades to more subtle grading work that ensure the consistency/accuracy of a scene. The production could be very stylised in terms of the grade or one that is noteworthy for helping to establish tension/moods/enhance period details and so on. The key factor should be that the grade is both creatively strong and enhances the production in a style that couldn’t have been achieved any other way.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the production team and can be entered by any member of the production team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The production should have been made between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021 on any international broadcast platform or streaming service.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short film (5-10 minutes) showcasing the grade, ideally showing ‘before’ and ‘after’ clips, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Excellence in Grading (Scripted)

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Category Criteria:

This award will go to a scripted TV production the judges consider to be outstanding in terms of its colour grading work. Judges will be looking for a range of factors, from original and eye-catching ‘hero’ grades to more subtle grading work that ensure the consistency/accuracy of a scene. The production could be very stylised in terms of the grade or one that is noteworthy for helping to establish tension/moods/enhance period details and so on. The key factor should be that the grade is both creatively strong and enhances the production in a style that couldn’t have been achieved any other way.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the production team and can be entered by any member of the production team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The production should have been made between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021 on any international broadcast platform or streaming service.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short film (5-10 minutes) showcasing the grade, ideally showing ‘before’ and ‘after’ clips, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Excellence in Localisation

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Category Criteria:

This award will go to a television localisation project the judges consider demonstrates excellence in the field. Judges will be looking for a project that can demonstrate the smooth-running management of a wide range of complex services for the client, such as fulfilling multiple language subtitles and local language dubbing, graphics localisation and music soundtrack localisation. The possibilities for how the localisation work was handled and implemented are broad but might include the use of bespoke content management platforms, cloud-based dubbing services, the complicated task of seamlessly re-recording and remixing elaborately produced music tracks in different languages, and so on. Any localisation project where an innovative approach can be demonstrated could be considered for this award.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the project team and can be entered by any member of the team – a product manufacturer, service provider, localisation company, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The production should have been made between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021 on any international broadcast platform or streaming service.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short film (5-10 minutes) showcasing the localisation work on the project, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Excellence in Restoration/Remastering (Film and TV)

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Category Criteria:

This award will go to a TV restoration /remastering project the judges consider to be outstanding in terms of its transformation. Judges will be looking for productions that were made to look as expertly polished as possible, particularly those that were in an especially poor state pre-restoration. Judges will assess the amount of manual work required to restore sections of the production, including where restoration teams have had to recreate original title sequences, or handle fragile film and obsolete tape formats and turn them into restored 4K masters.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the production team and can be entered by any member of the production team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The production should have been made between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short film (5-10 minutes) showcasing the restoration/ remastering, ideally showing ‘before’ and ‘after’ clips, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Excellence in Virtual Studios (Sports and Entertainment)

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Category Criteria:

The judges are looking for an outstanding example of a virtual studio environment for a sports or entertainment broadcast. This could be related to the ground-breaking use of AR to enhance the studio presentation, or around the creative use of a virtual studio environment to extend small physical spaces into studio sets that appear much larger to the viewer, or any other state-of-the-art use of real-time AR in a virtual studios setting.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the production team and can be entered by any member of the production team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The virtual studio should have been used between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021 on a sports or entertainment show on an international broadcast platform or streaming service.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short film showcasing the virtual studio environment (it could simply be a 5–10-minute clip showing the studio set during the broadcast), along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Innovative Use of Technology in Storytelling

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Category Criteria:

This award will go to a TV production the judges consider to have made the most pioneering use of technology as part of the storytelling process. Judges will be looking for productions that opted to push the boundaries of storytelling through the clever and novel use of technology. This could include stand-out uses of AR, CG, VFX, bespoke/unusual cameras, ultra-high (8K) resolutions, streaming innovations, audience engagement and so on.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the production team and can be entered by any member of the production team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The production should have been made between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021 for any international broadcaster or streaming service.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short film (5-10 minutes) showcasing the production, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Standout Tech of the Year

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Category Criteria:

This award goes to a tech product or service that has had a major impact on the industry over the last year. The tech can be hardware or software, or a combination of the two, and should be used within production, post-production or elsewhere within the facilities sector (TV studios, OB, distribution/broadcast, and so on). The tech could have been developed in lockdown to address issues related to remote working, for example. Equally, it could be an existing product or service that’s been significantly adapted during the eligibility period to provide a new range of benefits to the end user.

Qualifying Period:

The tech should have been created/enhanced between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021 and have been used on a production for any international broadcast platform or streaming service.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short (5-10 minute) film showcasing the tech, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Streaming Platform of the Year Sponsored by MPC Episodic

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Category Criteria:

This category rewards streaming platforms that have adapted the most in the last year, to offer its subscribers substantially improved services and content. It honours streaming platforms that have devised technically creative ways to provide viewers with straightforward, innovative and intuitive access to content. Judges will also be looking for how much high-quality original content has been commissioned for the platform over the last 12 months. The category could also be awarded to a new streaming service that stands out from the crowd, both in terms of its content and interface.

The award can be entered on behalf of the streaming platform by the platform itself, a product manufacturer or service provider connected to the development – with the agreement of the streamer. At least one of the project team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The streaming service enhancements/new service launch should have happened between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short film showcasing the streaming platform and the content hosted on it, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Sustainability Project of the Year

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Category Criteria:

This award will go to a TV production, broadcast company or project that has excelled in creating a sustainable working environment. The project/company should be an exemplar of sustainability, demonstrating innovation and quantifiable measures to reduce their environmental impact and carbon footprint.

Rather than requiring tech to be at the heart of the sustainability efforts, the award honours projects and companies in the creative TV technology space – studios, post houses, production companies, and so on – that can substantiate tangible changes that have truly make them a champion of sustainability. The judges are seeking standout examples of this.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the company or production team and can be entered by any member of the production team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

Key aspects of the sustainability project should have been implemented between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short film showcasing the sustainability project, along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Technical Innovation (Entertainment)

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Category Criteria:

The judges are looking for an outstanding example of invention and innovation through the creative use of technology during an entertainment broadcast. This could be related to pioneering approaches to the studio presentation; in the ground-breaking use of remote production, capturing or streaming content from technically challenging locations; through broadcasting at ultra-high resolutions on a wide range of devices; or any other standout use of technology in an entertainment broadcast.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the production team and can be entered by any member of the production team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The production should have been made between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021 on any international broadcast platform or streaming service.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short film showcasing the innovations used during the production/broadcast (it could simply be a 5–10-minute clip of the broadcast), along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Technical Innovation (Sport)

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Category Criteria:

The judges are looking for an outstanding example of invention and innovation through the creative use of technology during a sports broadcast. This could be related to pioneering approaches to the studio presentation; in the ground-breaking use of remote production, capturing or streaming content from technically challenging locations; through broadcasting at ultra-high resolutions on a wide range of devices; creating a state-of-the-art OTT/D2C platform; or any other standout use of technology in a sports broadcast.

The award should be submitted on behalf of the production team and can be entered by any member of the production team – a product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster, and so on – with the agreement of the team. At least one of the production team needs to be UK-based.

Qualifying Period:

The production should have been made between 2 July 2020 and 1 August 2021 on any international broadcast platform or streaming service.

As part of your entry, you are required to upload a short film showcasing the innovations used during the production/broadcast (it could simply be a 5-10 minute clip of the broadcast), along with three high-res (300dpi) images/stills that represent your entry. These may be used in Broadcast / Broadcast Tech / Broadcast Sport magazine if you are shortlisted.

Please note that the cost per entry is £260 excluding VAT.

Young Talent of the Year – Post-Production

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Category Criteria:

Nominate that young star within your company that has shown considerable tenacity and commitment to the business in the last 12 months. All roles within the postproduction business are acceptable from administration to creative to technical.

Please note that forms must be completed by an employer/mentor on behalf of a nominee and the nominees must be 30 or under on 1 August 2021.

This category is free to enter.

Young Talent of the Year – Production

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Category Criteria:

Nominate that young star within your company that has shown considerable tenacity and commitment to the company or project in the last 12 months. All roles within the business of production are acceptable. This person could also be a freelance nomination, made by a project manager of a recent production.

Please note that forms must be completed by an employer/mentor on behalf of a nominee. The nominees must be 30 or under on 1 August 2021.

This category is free to enter.

Special Recognition Award

This will be awarded by the Broadcast Tech team to an individual or organisation that has made a major contribution to the industry and has had a notable impact during the last 12 months. There will be no shortlist announced for this award.

This category is not open for entries.