Responding to the myriad of complex digital transformation challenges and the need to innovate at speed and collaborate remotely in today’s Media & Entertainment industry, IBC has introduced the Accelerator Innovation Programme.
Accelerators are fast track, open and collaborative innovation projects that address complex media & entertainment industry business and technology challenges.
Through the Accelerators, multicompany teams come together – led by game changing broadcasters, studios, platforms and content owners as ‘Champions’ - to develop solutions to use cases working with expert vendors and solutions providers as project ‘participants’. Projects develop over an intensive five months’ project path, culminating in innovative solutions that will be showcased as proof of concepts at IBC Showcase.
The Programme has been created by IBC to drive sector-wide digital transformation, where Accelerators ultimately demonstrate business value through an open R&D approach, reflecting the value of industry of standards and best practices.
Challenges in 2020 address many relevant and topical areas, such as industry transformation and transition to IP and cloud workflows, the evolution of 5G, VR/AR/MR, the application of AI in many media processes, visual effects archiving, sustainability and many others.
To design and evaluate an early stage PoC for 5G Remote Production capabilities, particularly multi-camera synchronisation utilising 5G private networks (5G in a box solutions).Accelerator Champions: BBC (Project Lead, Ian Wagdin), Al Jazeera Media Networks, BT, ITV, SVT, TV2, ViacomCBS, Yle, Olympic broadcast services
Participants: Mobile Viewpoint, Huawei, Aviwest
Warner Music & MTV International team up to transpose the existing, traditional talent show and new music discovery formats into a cutting-edge platform that will feature real-time, multi-user digital and virtual broadcasts, UGC interactivity and an ethical-AI backend to protect fans and showcase more music talent than ever before.Accelerator Champions: MTV International/ViacomCBS (Project Lead, Bianca Acca), Warner Music
Participants: Joi Polloi, Never.No, Grabyo
A prototype demonstrating how future TV can be personalised and delivered over IP.
Accelerator Champions: ITV (Project Lead), BBC, Yle, Unity Technologies, TV2
Participants: Dazzl, Eluv.io, Grass Valley, Singular.live
Exploiting AI to fully automate the process of producing raw and edited content shot lists for news agencies and broadcasters.
Accelerator Champions: Associated Press (Project Lead, Sandy MacIntyre), Al Jazeera Media Networks, ETC
Participants: Metaliquid, Vidrovr, Limecraft
Realising and exploiting value in VFX for film, TV & games assets, and future-proofing IP through the automation of archiving 3D components.Accelerator Champions: MovieLabs (Raymond Drewry: Project Lead), Universal Studios, Paramount Studios, Sony Innovation Studios, Unity Technologies
Participants: Perfect Memory, Atmecs
The goal for this PoC Challenge is to rethink and redesign the current approach to CG animation production pipelines to create and deliver a transformative workflow that will ultimately make creating animated content extremely time efficient, democratised, artist-friendly, nimble, collaborative.Accelerator Champions: Unity Technologies, Unreal Engine/Epic Games, SKY
Participants: AEON Productions, Blue Zoo Aninimation Studio, MasterpieceVR, Instalod, Tvori, National film board of Canada
The aim of the use case is to prove the potential value of conducting real-time, AI-driven content moderation on live broadcast content at scale and speed.Accelerator Champions: Al Jazeera (Grant Totten, Project Lead), Reuters, Associated Press, BBC, RTÉ
Participants: Metaliquid, TV Conal
This unique PoC will aim to showcase an advanced, high-performance 5G network via Telenet / Liberty Global to connect real-time centralised graphic and spatial XR computing power into an E2E solution operations system to centrally stream premium, immersive Virtual Reality (VR) content to head-mounted displays (HMD).
Accelerator Champions: Telenet/Liberty Global (project lead), Park Entertainment