IABM announces 2016 award winners at Annual International Business Conference


Last Updated: December 2, 2016 8:51 am GMT
(December 2, 2016) IABM announces 2016 award winners at Annual International Business Conference Outstanding winners raise the bar yet again for future contenders IABM today announced the winners of its prestigious annual awards at the IABM Annual International Business Conference which took place in London on 1st and 2nd December 2016. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in four key areas of the broadcast and media technology industry which IABM regards as key to its ongoing health and success. A fifth award – Honorary Membership of IABM - is made to an individual who has played a major role in the development of the industry and contributed to the advancement of IABM over the course of their career.

IABM Young Person of the Year, Jessica Volt – sponsored by ARRI

Student of the Year winner – Jessica Volt
Jessica is in her seventh semester studying Media Technology at Viespen University in Germany. The IABM Educational Foundation sponsors a number of students to visit IBC and NAB every year. “Jessica’s attendance at IBC and her report following the show were exemplary; visiting the show assured her of what she wants to focus on in the future,” said IABM Head of Training, Andrew Jones. “Before her visit, Jessica was a little apprehensive about her first steps into the industry, but her visit to IBC demonstrated that media engineers are needed and supported everywhere and Jessica is now looking forward to getting deeply involved in the industry.”

Young Person in the Workplace winner – Joe Masters
Joe Masters’ responsibilities for Technical Applications support at ClearCom have addressed all product lines focusing on Broadcast and Live markets. He has made it his mission to study products in depth, from the schematics to how each product is built, tested and used by customers. “Joe’s thirst for knowledge has shone through in many 2016 projects such as the Rio Summer Games and with large German broadcasters,” said Andrew Jones. “He has been outstanding at reviewing customer requirements and workflows to optimize their operations. A wise and seasoned head on a young pair of shoulders, Joe is destined for greatness in the broadcast industry.”

IABM International Award for Excellence in Sustainability – sponsored by IBC

Suzanne Dolan – individual contribution winner
Suzanne Dolan is the driving force behind UK serial drama EastEnders’ engagement with sustainability, culminating in the show being awarded a 3-star rating on the Albert certification scheme for sustainable production. As one of the most widely watched programs on BBC Television, the sustainability badge that now appears on the end credits of the program is hugely influential. “For EastEnders, Suzanne has organised Carbon Literacy training to get department heads and staff informed and motivated; set up a sustainability steering group; overseen projects in Elstree which include installation of low energy studio lighting in studios saving 90,000kWh per year; cut paper use by 50% across scripts/documents; reduced DVD waste and road emissions by cutting DVD rushes; recycled props, costumes, sets, paint and paste pots. Suzanne’s positive attitude and absolute determination make her a very worthy winner of this award,” said John Ive, IABM Director of Technology and Innovation.

BAI Communications – company award winner
BAI Communications has successfully introduced a renewable energy Solar PV solution at its Muswellbrook transmission site in NSW, Australia. The trial project has proven reliable in taking this remote site off the grid while continuing to deliver high quality broadcasting, radio, and critical emergency services for over 50,000 end users within a 500km radius. “This successful trial has given BAI Communications the confidence to further pursue its quest to become a carbon neutral organization, and a leader in delivering energy efficient services within the broadcasting industry: just the right credentials to win the award for excellence in sustainability,” said John Ive.

IABM Broadcast & Media Technology Woman of the Year – sponsored by ClearCom

Margaret Craig
“Margaret Craig, CEO of Signiant, is a remarkable person. She has spent her whole career to date in the broadcast and media technology industry in leadership roles with some of the major players, including Snell & Wilcox, Leitch Technology and Ascent Media before taking the reins at Signiant as CEO in 2011,” said Peter White. “Margaret has driven the successful growth of Signiant by leading technology innovation, focusing product strategies and transforming company culture. As a result, Signiant technology is now chosen to meet the mission-critical needs of the world’s top Media & Entertainment enterprises – as well as many other companies that move massive amounts of data.”

IABM Peter Wayne Award for Design and Innovation

Sony Professional – Sony Media Backbone Hive
Sony Professional’s Media Backbone Hive was the judges’ choice for the 2016 IABM Peter Wayne Award. Reflecting the judges’ comments, John Ive said, “Transforming the traditional hardware and software stack into a more flexible node architecture will give users greater flexibility and therefore access to functionality that might not otherwise have been available to them. This is a significant and unique end-to-end production system using IT cloud-based technology. This architecture does mean it is truly scalable and cost-effective to implement.”

IABM Honorary Membership

Ole Peter Clausen
Ole Clausen is the personification of the successful serial entrepreneur. After graduating in 1972, he immediately set up his first company, CCTV-Corporation A/S. In 1981, Clausen then established the Danmon Group and set about building it out across the Nordic region throughout the 1980s. In the 1990s, Clausen led Danmon Group into Nordic partnerships with Avid and Philips BTS, and since has led a series of successful acquisitions and start-ups. “Ole Clausen richly deserves this recognition for the many years of inspired and dedicated work he has put in to move our great industry forward,” said Peter White, IABM CEO. “He has also been a long-time supporter of IABM and his input has consistently enriched the Association. I was delighted to be able to present him with Honorary Membership at this year’s International Business Conference.” Read the full press release on Ole Clausen.

“Once again, the quality of innovation and people that we have recognized at this year’s awards bodes well for the future of our industry; we set the bar higher each year and our winners consistently rise to it. Our aim at IABM is to continue to foster excellence and provide our members with the support, services and training they need to succeed as the pace of change in our industry continues to accelerate,” Peter White concluded.

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About the IABM Annual Conference Awards

IABM Young Person of the Year
Encouraging the flow of young talent into the industry is vital for its continuing development and success; IABM recognizes this through its extensive training activities under the umbrella of the IABM Educational Foundation. The IABM Young Person of the Year Award is split into two categories – Student of the Year and Young Person in the Workplace.

IABM International Award for Excellence in Sustainability
Environmental concerns are becoming ever-more prominent in our world as we seek to stop and reverse the environmental damage that threatens future generations' prosperity and health. In judging the IABM Excellence in Sustainability Award, the judges look for specific initiatives among organizations and individuals that demonstrate a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability.

IABM Broadcast & Media Technology Woman of the Year
The IABM woman of the Year award champions the achievements of business women on the supply side of the industry, acknowledging enterprising spirit, determination and the drive to perform in what has previously been a male-dominated business. The immensely high quality of all the candidates over recent years is ample proof that the influence of women within our industry is growing fast. “The glittering array of potential candidates for the Broadcast & Media Technology Woman of the Year Award this year gave the judges a real headache – and that’s just how it should be as the media technology business continues to transform into a much more gender-balanced industry,” said Peter White.

IABM Peter Wayne Award for Design and Innovation
The Peter Wayne Award is IABM’s most prestigious and coveted technology award, inaugurated in memory of a former Chairman of the association. Judged by a panel of more than 30 renowned specialists, the winner is selected from the NAB Gamechanger and IBC Design and Innovation award winners.

IABM Honorary Membership
IABM bestows an Honorary Membership every year on an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the broadcast and media technology industry and also played a significant role in advancing and promoting IABM. Recent honorary memberships have been awarded to Clyde Smith, Alan Brill, David MacGregor, Derek Owen, John Ross, Larry Kaplan, Lyle Keys, Martin Salter, Mike Martin, Peter Owen, Roderick Snell and Roger Crumpton.

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About IABM
IABM (www.theiabm.org) is the international trade association for suppliers of broadcast and media technology. IABM members represent over 80% of the market’s revenues; IABM facilitates the important networking and interaction between suppliers that shape and define the unique ecosystem of the broadcast and media technology industry. IABM supports member companies with a comprehensive range of services across market intelligence, training, technology, exhibitions and best practices – all designed to help them do better business. We hold the interests of member companies as paramount, and strive to provide strong guidance and support at every level in all geographies. We understand that in today’s rapidly changing media landscape, our members have never had a greater need for timely, relevant and effective advice and support. IABM’s mission is to be an ever more powerful beacon that is highly responsive to all our members’ needs in a timely fashion, helping them to prosper and navigate change successfully.


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