NASA to Get IBC Broadcast Community Honor

The U.S. Space Agency will receive the IBC Judges' Prize.
Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

NASA will be awarded one of the International Broadcasting Convention's highest honors, the Judges’ Prize, during a Sept. 11 awards ceremony at the annual IBC Convention in Amsterdam.

The agency has ensured that the space exploration program has been chronicled, first with film cameras and then video, including the globally viewed footage of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon in 1969. Today, NASA operates a 4K Ultra HD channel and allows viewers to watch footage on televisions and internet-connected devices.

The award will be accepted by Carlos Fontanot, imagery manager for the International Space Station, and Kelly O. Humphries, the voice of mission control for more than 50 shuttle missions and hundreds of space station activities.

“It is impossible to understate the importance of NASA’s film and video efforts,” IBC CEO Michael Crimp said Wednesday in a statement. “Their engineers and producers have had to overcome massive technical challenges, which has meant close cooperation with suppliers of equipment and systems. The result has been stunning imagery, which has literally changed our view of the world.”

Disclosure: The Hollywood Reporter’s contributing tech editor Carolyn Giardina was a member of the jury.