'Best of Both Worlds' tops IBC nods

Recognizing partnership between tech firms and users

AMSTERDAM -- The team behind the production of Walt Disney Pictures' "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" in 3-D won the Judges Award -- the top award -- at the International Broadcasting Convention Innovation Awards.

Presented Sunday evening in Amsterdam, the international awards recognize the partnership between technology companies and users.

Representatives from Disney, 3-D provider Pace, post house Fotokem and postproduction system manufacturer Quantel were on hand to accept the Judges Award for the pioneering movie, which was lensed last November, posted in 11 weeks, and went on to become the first feature released in digital 3-D only to open number one at the box office.

The postproduction on the "Hannah Montana" project won a second award, topping the content creation category.

The winner of the content management award was NBC Universal for its Micah production workflow. This project, with technical partners Digital Rapids and Signiant, helps NBC prepare and distribute its content for multiple platforms including the web, video on demand and electronic sell-through.

The prize in the content delivery category went to producer and distributor Control Room, for its efforts on the Live Earth day of music in 2007. Its system, developed with technology partners MSN, Intelsat, Rhozet Technology, EVS, Akamai, Incited Media, Windows Media and QuickTime, delivered live streams and near real-time turnaround of video on demand content onto the MSN portal. The system processed more than 80 hours of content in a 24-hour period.