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Extended entry deadline 14 June 2019

The Broadcast Tech Innovation Awards categories highlight the industry talent using technology to help create the television productions with the biggest impact. Entries cost £250 per entry with the exception of the Young Talent categories which are free to enter and Special Recognition which cannot be entered. Open to all UK & International entries.

Sport

Pioneering uses of technology in a sporting or live event. Expected innovations Include 4K/8K/HDR/OTT/remote workflows/auto highlights/auto editing

Best Use of Remote Production

Entry Criteria

This category rewards the best use of remote production in a sports broadcast.

It recognises productions which employed innovative ways to televise/live stream a sports broadcast, which would have been prohibitively expensive or extremely challenging to produce via a conventional outside broadcast.

Any business involved in the event can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The broadcast/live stream must have occurred between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019 on any international broadcaster or streaming service.

Cost per entry: £250

Best OTT Platform

Entry Criteria

This category rewards the best OTT platform for a sports channel or specific sporting event.

It recognises OTT platforms that have devised innovative ways for viewers to access sports coverage.

Any business involved in the platform can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The platform must have been in operation between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019. The category is open to international providers.

Cost per entry: £250

Technical Innovation in a Sports Broadcast

Entry Criteria

This category will reward outstanding invention and innovation through the creative use of technology during a sports broadcast.

This could be related to production workflows, emerging remote/virtual production workflows, capturing or streaming content from technically-challenging locations, broadcasting at ultra-high definition resolutions on a range of devices or creating a state-of-the-art OTT platform.

Any business involved in the event can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The OTT platform must have been in operation between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019. The category is open to international providers.

Cost per entry: £250

Best Esports Production

Entry Criteria

This category rewards the best esports production, with emphasis on the scale and technical innovation of the event.

It recognises productions that have devised innovative ways to televise/live stream content from a specific tournament.

This could involve the studio set up and design, production gallery, production graphics and stats or the way content is distributed.

Any business involved in the event can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The event must have occurred between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019 on any international broadcaster or streaming service.

Cost per entry: £250

Excellence in Virtual Studios/Real-Time VFX

Entry Criteria

The judges are looking for an outstanding example of a virtual studio environment for a sports broadcast.

This could be related to the groundbreaking use of AR/VR/VFX to enhance the programme, or around the creative use of a virtual studio environment to extend small physical spaces, or other state-of-the-art use of real-time VFX/AR in a virtual setting.

Any business involved in the event can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The event must have occurred between 1 March 2018 and 1 July 2019 on any international broadcaster or streaming service.

Cost per entry: £250

Immersive

Celebrating both the most practical and most creative  applications in VR/AR/MR across all genres

Best Use of VR (TV/advertising)

Entry Criteria

This category rewards the best use of VR to support a TV show or advertising campaign.

It recognises VR projects that take full advantage of the immersive medium to tell a story/provide a user experience that be impossible to do any other way. It should creatively and technically push boundaries and be a truly outstanding example of VR.

Any business involved in the experience can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The experience must have launched between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019.

Cost per entry: £250

Best Use of AR (TV/advertising)

Entry Criteria

This category rewards the best use of AR to support a TV or advertising campaign.

It recognises AR projects that take full advantage of immersive augmented reality to provide a user experience that would be impossible to achieve any other way.

It should creatively and technically push the boundaries, have ‘wow’ factor and have captured audiences’ imagination.

The experience may have been part of a TV broadcast or commercial or accessed via an app.

Any business involved in the experience can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The experience must have launched between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019.

Cost per entry: £250

Best Use of Audio for an immersive Experience

Entry Criteria

This category rewards the best use of audio for an immersive experience.

It recognises audio post-production that takes creative advantage of an immersive environment.

The audio could be a Dolby Atmos mix of a TV production that truly enhances the audience experience; involve object-based broadcasting innovations providing user-selectable immersive audio options to users; or make use of any other form of immersive audio in TV.

Any business involved in the experience can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The experience must have launched between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019.

Cost per entry: £250

Best 360/VR Live Event Production

Entry Criteria

This category rewards the best 360/VR production at a live event.

It recognises the use of VR in an immersive environment or to provide an immersive experience linked with a live production.

Judges will be looking for projects that take advantage of the medium to add value to an event or provide a user experience that would not otherwise be possible.

Any business involved in the event can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The event must have occurred between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019.

Cost per entry: £250

Creative Excellence

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Recognising post-production houses and production teams behind the most inspiring, creative TV productions of the year

Best VFX Project

Entry 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 effects that ensure the consistency/accuracy of a scene.

The production could be a VFX-heavy project or one in which it used in clever, creative ways in a more limited number of shots. The key factor should be that the VFX enhances the production in a way that would have been very challenging using only live action/in-camera effects.

Any business involved in the production can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The production must have launched between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019.

Cost per entry: £250

Excellence in Grading

Entry Criteria

This award will go to a 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 work that ensures 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 enhances the production in a style that couldn’t have been achieved any other way.

Any business involved in the production can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The production must have launched between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019.

Cost per entry: £250

Excellence in Restoration

Entry Criteria

This awards will go to a transformative Film or TV restoration project

It recognises productions that are 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.

Any business involved in the production can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The production must have launched between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019.

Cost per entry: £250

Best Audio Post-Production

Entry Criteria

This award will go to a TV production the judges consider to be outstanding in terms of its audio post-production.

It recognises productions that excel in regard to their sound design/Foley, sound treatment and/or audio mix. The production could include examples of audio restoration and audio quality enhancement as part of the audio treatment.

Any business involved in the production can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The production must have launched between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019.

Cost per entry: £250

Innovative Use of Technology in Storytelling

Entry Criteria

This award will go to a TV production the judges consider to have made pioneering use of technology as part of the storytelling process.

Judges will be looking for productions that push the boundaries of storytelling through clever and novel use of technology. This could include stand-out uses of VR, AR, CG, VFX, bespoke/unusual cameras, ultra high (8K) resolution or streaming innovations.

Any business involved in the production can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The production must have launched between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019.

Cost per entry: £250

Best Title Sequence

Entry 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 sequences that excel in terms of their visual impact, creativity, grade, sound design, CG, VFX or any other stand out aspects of the production.

Any business involved in the sequence can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The sequence must have aired between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019.

Cost per entry: £250

Cloud & Media Management

Identifying leading-edge tech innovations in new production workflows

Best Use of AI and ML

Entry Criteria

This award will go to a media 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. This could involve enabling archive searches that makes a huge a range of content discoverable or running data-heavy compliance checks on content, for example.

The possibilities of how AI and ML could have been used are wide-ranging, and this category welcomes entries from project or productions which use demonstrate its most innovative and beneficial use.

Any business involved in the project can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The project must have occurred between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019.

Cost per entry: £250

Best Use of the Cloud for Creative Innovation

Entry Criteria

This award will go to a development the judges consider to be exceptional in terms of its use of the cloud in transforming/virtualising traditional ways of working.

Judges will be looking for examples of how cloud-based services have been utilised to open up new possibilities. This could be in any aspect of production, post-production or VFX houses to provide clients with rendering capabilities far beyond what they can do on-prem, making it possible for post houses to provide ‘pop up’ services or create better remote working opportunities.

Any business involved in the project can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The project must have occurred between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019.

Cost per entry: £250

Excellence in Virtualisation

Entry Criteria

This award will go to a virtualisation project the judges consider to be outstanding in terms of its scale and invention.

Judges will be looking for the development of businesses to integrate co-lo facilities, virtualised workstations, cloud-based storage or other cloud services, rather than relying on racks of air-cooled hardware in machine rooms.

Any business involved in the project can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The project must have launched between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019.

To support your entry, please upload a Short Video, PowerPoint or Hi-Res Images. If shortlisted, these assets may be used by Broadcast.

Cost per entry: £250

Best Archive Transformation Project

Entry Criteria

This award will go to a project the judges consider to be outstanding in terms of how it has changed the way a production archive is stored, accessed, managed and discovered.

Judges will be looking for examples of innovation in enabling archive owners to maximise the potential of the content.

The possibilities for how the storage and management of the archive has been modernised might including the use of particular AI and ML services to enable much wider content discovery, in either a cloud, on-prem or hybrid workflow.

Or an archive including aged, fragile film, tape and file formats that’s been transformed to future proof the content and monetise it on an OTT platform.

Any transformation project where an innovative approach can be demonstrated could be considered for this award.

Any business involved in the project can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The project must have launched between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019.

Cost per entry: £250

Excellence in Localisation For Global TV Project

Entry 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 demonstrates the smooth-running of a wide range of complex services for a client, such as fulfilling multiple language subtitles, local language dubbing, graphics localisation or music soundtrack localisation.

The possibilities for how the localisation work was handled and implemented might include the use of bespoke content management platforms, cloud-based dubbing services or seamlessly re-recording and remixing elaborately produced music tracks in different languages. Any localisation project where an innovative approach can be demonstrated could be considered for this award.

Any business involved in the project can enter (such as product manufacturer, service provider, production company, broadcaster/platform).

Qualifying period: The project must have launched between 1 March 2018 and 7 June 2019.

Cost per entry: £250

Standout Talent

Honouring the exceptional talent and standout productions of the year

Young Talent of the Year – Broadcasting

Entry Criteria

Please note that forms must be completed by an employer/mentor on behalf of a nominee. The nominees must be 30 or under on 7th June 2019.

All fields are required and must be submitted to richard.hewes@mbi.london

Name of TECH Young Talent nominee:

  • Age:
  • Job Title:
  • Company:
  • Category entered (Broadcasting/ Production/ Post Production):
  • Nominated by:
  • Key achievements of Young Talent nominee from March 2018 – June 2019 (up to 500 words):
  • Testimonials as to why the individual should win a Broadcast Young Talent Award:
  • OPTIONAL – feel free to submit any images, video or PowerPoint slides you may feel can enhance the entry

Young Talent of the Year – Production

Entry Criteria

Please note that forms must be completed by an employer/mentor on behalf of a nominee. The nominees must be 31 or under on 7th June 2019.

All fields are required and must be submitted to richard.hewes@mbi.london

Name of TECH Young Talent nominee:

  • Age:
  • Job Title:
  • Company:
  • Category entered (Broadcasting/ Production/ Post Production):
  • Nominated by:
  • Key achievements of Young Talent nominee from March 2018 – June 2019 (up to 500 words):
  • Testimonials as to why the individual should win a Broadcast Young Talent Award:
  • OPTIONAL – feel free to submit any images, video or PowerPoint slides you may feel can enhance the entry

Young Talent of the Year – Post Production

Entry Criteria

Please note that forms must be completed by an employer/mentor on behalf of a nominee. The nominees must be 30 or under on 7th June 2019.

All fields are required and must be submitted to richard.hewes@mbi.london

Name of TECH Young Talent nominee:

  • Age:
  • Job Title:
  • Company:
  • Category entered (Broadcasting/ Production/ Post Production):
  • Nominated by:
  • Key achievements of Young Talent nominee from March 2018 – June 2019 (up to 500 words):
  • Testimonials as to why the individual should win a Broadcast Young Talent Award:
  • OPTIONAL – feel free to submit any images, video or PowerPoint slides you may feel can enhance the entry

Special Recognition Award

Non enterable