IBC Daily Day 4 - Monday 17 September

Evolve. Adapt. Shift. Experience the shift at IBC 2018. Hall 1.D61 show.ibc.org theibcdaily MONDAY 17.09.18 IBC honours excellence Journalist, author and broadcaster Kate Russell hosted the IBC Awards ceremony By Dick Hobbs Eurosport, Medialaan and RTÉ took home the prestigious Innovation Awards last night as IBC celebrated all that is good about media production and distribution in Europe. Eurosport picked up the award for Content Creation for the Eurosport Cube. Developed for the Winter Olympics, the immersive mixed reality studio allowed analysts and experts to interact with their surroundings and explain technical aspects of the various sports. The Content Distribution award went to Belgian content distributor Medialaan for reducing ad loads during live streaming, while Irish national broadcaster RTÉ won in the Content Everywhere category for Saorview Connect. As well as selecting the three winners of the IBC Innovation Awards, the international judging panel also presented its Judges’ Prize to Econet Media and bestowed its International Honour for Excellence on Sesame Street creator Joan Ganz Cooney (see, right). Teams from BBC R&D collected two trophies on the night. The prize for best technical paper in the conference went to a project on the use of artifi cial intelligence (AI) in live production. It also collected a special award for the augmented reality app that accompanied its arts series Civilisations. To conclude the evening, hosted by journalist and broadcaster Kate Russell, the audience was treated to a sneak preview of tonight’s movie, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. WINNERS AT A GLANCE • Innovation, Content Creation: Eurosport • Innovation, Content Distribution: Medialaan • Innovation, Content Everywhere: RTÉ • Technical Paper: BBC R&D • Judges’ Prize: Econet Media • Special Award: BBC R&D • International Honour for Excellence: Joan Ganz Cooney IHFE Award for Joan Ganz Cooney The International Honour for Excellence, IBC’s highest award, went to Joan Ganz Cooney, one of the creators of Sesame Street. Now in her 80s, she is still active on the board of Sesame Workshop, and chairs its executive committee. Cooney was already an award-winning public aff airs television producer in New York when she had a revelation. “Children all over the country were singing the words from beer commercials,” she recalled. “So they were certainly learning something from television.” Long-time collaborator and muppet master Jim Henson once said of that epiphany: “She had this cockamamie idea of doing an entertainment show for pre-schoolers that had commercials for letters and numbers”. And so Sesame Street was born. Accepting the award alongside one of the street’s longest residents, Ernie, was Sesame Workshop’s chief operating offi cer Steve Youngwood. Sesame Workshop is the non-profi t educational organisation responsible for Sesame Street. The non- profi t’s mission is to help children “grow smarter, stronger and kinder”. Sesame Street is broadcast in 150 countries worldwide with localised versions of the show in more than 20 countries including Germany for 45 years and the Netherlands for 42 years. IBC council chair Naomi Climer on stage with Sesame Street stalwart Ernie