Dolby, BT Sport Honored at IBC Innovation Awards

Dolby Labs on Sunday received the IBC International Honor for Excellence — the International Broadcasting Convention’s most prestigious prize – at the IBC Innovation Awards ceremony during the 50th annual IBC convention at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Center.

The honor has previously gone to the likes of James Cameron, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Ang Lee.

Calling this year’s award a “testament to the company Ray Dolby built,” Dolby’s senior vp and CTO Craig Todd accepted the award on the company’s behalf.

The exec said of the late Dolby — who himself was honored with the predecessor of the International Honor for Excellence, the John Tucker Award, in 2000 — that “he was unchanging in his commitment to do things the right way. That means the best technology and treating employees fairly.”

Todd promised continued company innovation in sound (i.e. Dolby Atmos) and picture (i.e. Dolby Vision).

At the IBC Innovation Awards, Groupe Media TFO — a Toronto-based firm that specializes in content for children — was the big winner for its Laboratoire d’univers virtuels, which uses the Unreal games engine from Epic to produce as many as 40 short videos, in real time, each day, from a single studio. This project won both the content creation category honor and the top Innovation Award, the so-called Judges Prize.

BT Sport won in the Content Everywhere category for its coverage of the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff, Wales — which included standard and HD TV, 4K streaming, high dynamic range, Dolby Atmos sound and virtual reality.

Viacom 18 claimed the award for Content Distribution for its VOOT mobile VOD service for the Indian market.

(Disclosure: The Hollywood Reporter’s Carolyn Giardina served on the jury of the awards.)

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