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IBC Innovation Awards Judges

IBC Innovation Awards Judges

The international panel of judges for the IBC Awards lookout for creative technology solutions that work, deliver real benefits and help move the industry forward. The enhancement of the user experience is an important factor when judging.

Chairman Michael Lumley

Michael LumleyMichael Lumley spent most of his career with the BBC.  As a producer, director and executive producer he specialised in large-scale ceremonial and political events: he was in charge of the outside broadcast coverage of the wedding of HRH Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer. 

Michael became a director of BBC Resources with responsibility for its UK-wide production facilities. His major interest today is in the use of technology to enable new creative and business opportunities for programme makers. He is a fellow of the Royal Television Society. He has extensive experience in judging creative and technology awards, and chairs the IBC Innovation Awards panel.

Vijaya Cherian

Vijaya CherianVijaya Cherian is the Group Editor of the Broadcast Division at CPI, Dubai. She has spent the last ten years writing about the Middle East broadcast market from a technical and trade point of view.

She launched BroadcastPro Middle East in 2010. She was also instrumental in launching SatellitePro ME - the MENA region's first and only satellite magazine. Under the BroadcastProME brand, she conducts regular vendor-neutral technical workshops and roundtables in conjunction with industry players, and hosts a well-attended annual Conference and Awards event in Dubai in partnership with the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU).

Professor David Crawford

David CrawfordDavid Crawford is a professor at the University of Essex in the UK, with interests in mobile and broadband networks.

He is also a director of the French high technology company TeamCast, which develops digital transmission equipment. 

He has held senior posts with a number of blue-chip companies, including British Telecom in the UK and Bell Labs in the USA, where he led a research group on  HD transmission.

Until 2004 he was managing director of the European broadcast business unit of Harris Corporation. Actively involved in a number of international technical standards bodies, he has chaired working groups on transmitter standards for ETSI, led two technical groups for the European DVB Project (on broadcast to mobile terminals for DVB-UMTS and on spectrum issues for DVB-H), and sits on the FLO Forum working on its mobile television standard. As well as a bachelor's degree, he holds a masters in telecoms and a PhD in image coding.

Carolyn Giardina

Carolyn Giardina

Journalist Carolyn Giardina is contributing editor, tech at The Hollywood Reporter and writes its Behind the Screen blog.

Her work as an editor, reporter or columnist has also appeared in titles such as CinemaEditor, SHOOT, TVBEurope, The IBC Daily and SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. She’s co-author of Exploring 3D: The New Grammar of Stereoscopic Filmmaking (Focal Press, 2012).

In 2015, Carolyn was presented American Cinema Editors’ Robert Wise Award, which recognizes a journalist for contributions to film editing. She was the 2011 recipient of the International Cinematographers Guild’s Technicolor William A. Fraker Award for journalistic contributions to cinematography.

Dick Hobbs

Dick HobbsDick Hobbs is a freelance journalist and has been at every IBC for 25 years, in every capacity: as an exhibitor, running a marketing communications company, as a journalist, a conference chair, and as editor of IBC Daily and IBC TV News.

Now he is a well-known independent commentator and consultant, contributor to a number of industry journals, and a regular speaker at industry events.

Although he is fascinated by technology, throughout his career his real interest has been in the application of technology to do things better, faster or more creatively, and so is a natural supporter of the IBC Innovation Awards.

Fergal Ringrose

Fergal RingroseFergal Ringrose is a freelance editor in the electronic media technology marketplace. 

He currently holds three key roles in the industry: Editorial Director of The IBC Daily; News Editor of IBC Content Everywhere; and Executive Editor of Sports Video Group Europe.

From 1993 to 2013 Ringrose was editorial director of Television Broadcast (TVB)Europe magazine and the TVB-E electronic newsletter. Before helping to launch TVBEurope in 1993, Ringrose was a director of Production Industry Publications Ltd in Ireland, where he launched the country’s first audiovisual business magazine, Playback, and the first guide to the Irish film and television production business, Ireland On Screen.

Prior to that he was a director of BSO Publications Ltd in London, where he was editor of International Broadcasting (formerly Systems & Operations) magazine. Ringrose is a Member of the Royal Television Society and the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from California State University at Sacramento.

Phil Sandberg

Phil SandbergPhil Sandberg is the publisher of online white paper library broadcastpapers.com and Asia-Pacific industry journal Content+Technology. 

He has spent over 16 years reporting on technology and policy issues affecting the TV, radio and recording industries throughout Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Past credits include IBC Daily News, TV Technology & Production magazine, Broadcast Engineering News, Internet World Australia, Radio World, Production Solutions, Pro Sound News Asia, Personal Investor magazine and The Australian newspaper.


IBC Technical Supporters

  • IBC is the only exhibition we attend. It’s very important for those in the broadcasting industry.
    Jochen Albrecht
    CTO - Albrecht Electronic
  • IBC is the exhibition that gives us the most exposure in the broadcasting industry. The exhibition is a really special show and is close to everyone’s hearts. It’s a good place to meet and get to know the industry. It gets better every year and has got a great vibe.
    Anoushka Farouk
    Marketing Manager - TSL
  • IBC is not about quantity it’s about quality. Conversations we have are enlightening in every sense. Everyone is here to do business.
    Robert Lisman
    Director of Marketing - Primestream
  • The greatest thing about IBC is that it provides the facilities to network with industry professionals whilst getting great knowledge on new technology.
    Gina Canzano
    Technical Support Engineer - BW Broadcast


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