IBC Innovation Awards Judges
The international panel of judges for the Awards are on the 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. Nominations for the Innovation Awards will be short-listed for each award category and announced prior to IBC2013.
Members of the international panel for IBC2013 judges are:
Chairman Michael Lumley, Chairman Innovation Awards Judging Panel
Michael 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. He 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, Group Editor of the Broadcast Division at CPI, Dubai
Vijaya 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, University of Essex
David 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, Journalist, The Hollywood Reporter
Carolyn Giardina is a journalist specializing in the art and technology of entertainment. She is Contributing Editor, Tech, at The Hollywood Reporter, and her editorial credits also include TVB Europe and The IBC Daily News. In 2011, she received the International Cinematographers Guild’s Technicolor William A. Fraker Award for journalistic contributions to cinematography.
Dick Hobbs, Freelance Journalist
Dick Hobbs has been at every IBC for 25 years and 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, Freelance Editor
Fergal 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, editor and publisher, Content + Technology
Phil 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.