Independent Broadcast & Media industry awards that recognize and reward excellence and innovation across 10 categories
The IABM BaM Awards® recognize outstanding technological innovations that deliver real business and creative benefits. The BaMs are the only truly independent technology awards in the industry, and are widely recognized as the gold standard for rewarding Broadcast and Media innovation.
Breaking away from outdated, hardware-centric industry models, the BaM Awards® categories are based on IABM’s industry model, the BaM Content Chain®: from Creator to Consumer. The BaM™ Content Chain describes the industry in the same way that broadcast and media companies themselves think, using the same terminology.
The deadline for submissions is Monday 8 November and the awards will be presented at IBC in December.
IABM Platinum and Gold Members are eligible for 2 complimentary entries, Silver, Silver100 and StartUp Members are eligible for 1 complimentary entry. Any member additional entries are charged at $300 per entry.
Each entry from a Non IABM Member is charged at $450 per entry.
All entries must have been launched within 12 months of the submission date.
Click here to download a sample entry form.
Please note, our additional awards such as the Andrew Jones Young Person of the Year will open for entries in September 2021.
- Recognise and acknowledge the hard work of your team
- Attract new business with industry recognition and exposure of your products, services and solutions excellence
- Benchmark your innovation and creativity against industry peers
- If shortlisted (or a winner!), use this for additional marketing opportunities
- Boost your credibility, just being shortlisted is seen as a seal of approval
Create covers the process of original acquisition or creation of raw content – live (“real-time”) or recorded, in a studio or in the field and the technology that enables this process. While this naturally includes distinct products such as cameras and accessories, lighting and audio recorders, it also encompasses UGC and social media. Services such as OB/Remote trucks also come into the Create link. While these currently overlap into the Produce link, with the growing trend towards remote production using IP, OBs/Remotes will increasingly be fully described within Create.
- Acquisition – cameras, camera accessories, audio acquisition, lighting, social/UGC
Produce encompasses the production process (real-time/live) and post-production (file-based) to create a finished piece of content. The enabling technology that supports Produce includes graphics, audio production, video production and services, production and post-production software – including film transfer, editing, audio post, finishing, VFX and graphics, and services.
- Real-Time Production – RT prod graphics, audio production, video production, production services
- Manage Production – production software, post-production software
- Post-Production – film transfer, editing, audio post, finishing, VFX & graphics, post-production services
Manage defines the aggregation, preparation and management of completed content items ready for distribution. This includes content preparation and services, content and workflow management and orchestration, metadata, and operational analytics – everything from ingest and QC to transcoding; the process of readying content for delivery to the end-user customer.
- Manage & Orchestrate – content & workflow management
- Prepare – content preparation, content services
Publish covers an ever-growing field as viewing and listening choices continue to expand. It is defined as the playout or publication of content ready for consumers, and its subsequent distribution to reach consumers. Enabling technology for Publish includes linear playout systems, linear playout services, non-linear publishing systems, non-linear publishing services, projectors, large LED screens, protection & encryption, linear distribution & encryption, Cable, IPTV, satellite, terrestrial distribution, and internet distribution.
- Linear Playout – linear playout systems, linear playout services
- Non-Linear Publishing – non-linear publishing systems, non-linear publishing services
- Venue Exhibition – projectors, large LED screens
- Content Production – protection & encryption
- Linear Distribution – distribution & encryption, Cable, IPTV, satellite, terrestrial distribution
- Internet Distribution – internet distribution
Managing business processes for content rights and royalties, scheduling linear and non-linear services, and selling and managing advertising.
- Broadcast management systems including scheduling, traffic, and rights and royalties tools. Advertising, including addressable and programmatic. Data aggregation and analysis.
The final link in the content chain – and the force that ultimately powers it – Consume defines all the touchpoints with the end-consumer of the content. Examples include a consumer-facing app that makes content recommendations and captures consumer data.
- User Experience – identity management, UI & UX, apps and platforms
Connect defines the infrastructure, connectivity and bandwidth used to move content within and between facilities. This includes intra-facility connectivity, inter-facility connectivity, video interfacing & conversion, audio interfacing & conversion, and file & object delivery.
- Provide Access and bandwidth connectivity
- Real-Time Transfer – intra-facility connectivity, inter-facility connectivity, video interfacing & conversion, audio interfacing & conversion
- File transfer – file & object delivery
Every process in the chain also needs access to storage, whether it’s raw content, work-in-progress, completed projects or archived content. This includes VTRs & DVRs, video servers, portable storage, on-premise storage, and cloud storage.
- Real-Time Storage – VTR’s & DVR’s, video servers
- File & Object Storage – portable storage, on-premise storage, cloud storage
The Support link encompasses the supporting capabilities used across the content supply chain to monitor and secure content and run operations. This includes video and audio monitoring, system monitoring, test & measurement, communications, cyber-security and protection, on-premise compute, cloud compute, facility hardware, implementation services, and rental services.
- Video monitors, intercom, compute power, cybersecurity, software development
- Monitor, Control Comms – video monitoring, audio monitor, system monitoring, test & measurement, communications
- Secure – access, protect
- Compute – on-premise compute, cloud compute
- Design Build Run – facility hardware, implementation services, rental services
Project, collaboration, event or alternative product/service
Applicable for projects, events, team collaborative efforts, products, systems or services not covered by the above nine categories.
Tips and hints
Useful entry and category guidelines are available here.
Download and view an example entry showing the required fields here.
Fields required on the application form:
- Product Name/Submission Title
- Launch Date
- Brief Summary (75 words)
- Describe the function of your product/services USP in one sentence (60 words)
- Detailed Summary (300 words)
- If this is not a new product/service then what is new with it in the last 12 months?
- Tell us why your product/service should win? (300 words)
- Is your product embargoed?
- Select your entry type
- Is this work all your own or shared?
How much does it cost to enter?
IABM Platinum and Gold members are entitled to two complimentary BaM Awards® entries each year; Start-Up, Silver and Silver 100+ members one complimentary entry per year.
For any additional entries, IABM members will pay £195/€235/$300 (plus VAT where applicable) per product.
Non IABM Member entry is charged at £295/€350/$450 (plus VAT where applicable) per product.
Who can enter/When does my product, service or solution need to be launched?
Submissions for the BaM Awards® are open to every company (whether an IABM member or not) that has launched a new product or service within 12 months of the submission date.
What makes the IABM awards different?
The IABM BaM Awards® recognize outstanding technological innovations that deliver real business and creative benefits. The BaMs® are the only truly independent technology awards in the industry, and are widely recognized as the gold standard for rewarding broadcast and media innovation.
How many categories can you enter?
You must chose one category from the list above at the start of your entry.
How are the awards judged?
Judging is carried out by a panel of 40 independent, expert judges who represent every element of the broadcast & media eco system.
My entry is confidential, is that a problem?
No, if you don't want the product name to be announced then simply tick the "this product is embargoed" box during submission and we will only announce the company name if you are shortlisted (the winning product/service will be announced at the awards presentation). However, only the name and one line descriptions of shortlisted entries are published prior to the announcement of the shortlist. You will naturally gain better publicity for your new product if you allow us to publish these basic details in advance.
How can you maximize your chances of winning?
The entry form has been designed with our judges in mind, we have worked with them to ensure that the descriptions and details of your product are as easy as possible for them to judge. We would advise against using 'marketing speak' in your entry and avoid replicating a press release. Focus on the key USP's and put yourself in the shoes of the judges, what will they want to know to make a decision?
When will the awards be announced?
The shortlist will be announced approx 2 weeks prior to IBC 2021 with the winners for each awards announced at IBC 2021 in December.
IABM Awards Ceremony 2020
IABM Award Winners 2020
The IABM 2020 Awards (including the BaM Awards®) were presented at the BaM LIVE! event on Wednesday 2 December. View the winners of each award along with the shortlist below:
IABM BaM Awards® Winners 2020
Wavemaker Creative - Crew in a Box
“Great response to the present situation of COVID. Crew in a Box is a product for our time and might change the way talking heads are shot in the future. A very well implemented solution to remote presentation and interaction, especially since it has control and communications with a remote production team.”
disguise - Extended reality xR Platform
“Demonstrates a very innovative development in the current coronavirus climate and enables more complex and effective remote production. Is leading the way in virtual and augmented reality with real world solutions. On the bleeding edge of a revolution in how content is created and produced.”
Meta Data Systems - Localisation Platform
“A clear example of a real-world problem solved effectively by the correct use of technology.
Meta Data Systems shows a very broad practical tool to speed up a global production system around a large-scale catalog for Warner. The impact of a system like this is immense - and impressive.”
Limelight Networks - EdgeFunctions
“Provides a very dynamic and perhaps ground-breaking product that empowers content owners and developers to unleash their imagination via responsive and rapid serverless architecture on the network edge for the first time, freed from the data center. Huge potential.”
Vubiquity - Amdocs Media’s MarketONE
“Ranks top due to the D2C and CSP integration which is most needed for digital consumers. A comprehensive solution to easily monetize content to a wide audience. The connection to help OTTs move from cloud only isolated locations to real networks will greatly accelerate the opportunity for OTTs to be seen as equal to more traditional channels.”
Deltatre – mtribes platform
“Enables media operators to better define strategy and validate investment into a streaming service. It is the first product that brings together audience segmentation, UX configuration, user insights, and feature testing under one holistic console for non-technical teams. It is a genuine innovation in response to a defined and growing challenge faced by our customers and the wider industry.”
NEP Group - BSI's Mini Tx UHD wireless transmitter
“This is a huge enabler for both sports and reality TV due to the places it can be utilized, particularly when worn on the body and will unlock new camera angles and views connecting consumers to the content they are watching in more compelling ways. Provides a solution to low latency efficient UHD links for wireless cameras in an increasingly important area of live production.”
Editshare - EFSv: Seamless Proxy Editing
“Provides the pathway to a hybrid on-prem in the cloud model of media production. It takes the benefits of both and removes trade-offs in an either-or scenario and will unlock powerful global workflows. Connecting creatives anywhere with the content they need at an optimal price.”
Telestream - GLIM Remote Media Player
“A low latency universal player is the holy grail when working remotely. A highly relevant and effective application for use in today's remote post production environment. Offers a real breakthrough for supporting remote workflows."
Project, event or collaboration
Nextologies & PSSI Global Servcies for SpaceX Launch & Splashdown Shows
“A complex system and operation, using to the limits the latest in a wide range of technologies that are available today. An innovative solution delivered efficiently and in a very short time during Covid-19 restrictions.”
IABM Awards Winners 2020
Andrew Jones Young Person of the year
This award is named in honour of our friend and colleague Andrew Jones who we sadly lost in 2019. Andrew was IABM's Head of Training and played a vital part in the development of our educational initiatives and fostering the next generation of talented people for our industry. The award recognises someone new to the industry (under 25 years old) for their hard work, diligence and potential.
Aditya Panikker, Digigram
“Aditya joined Digigram in 2018 as a product and digital marketing intern, while simultaneously pursuing his Master’s degree. Over the last two years, he has donned many hats within Digigram, starting out by laying down the structure of Digigram’s social media presence, followed by working as a junior product manager and then finally taking over the responsibility to expand Digigram’s business in Eastern Europe, Middle-East and Africa last year. In a year, he has enabled the company to extend its presence within these regions by mobilizing and training a strong network of partners and distributors.
“Despite moving to France as a 21-year-old who did not speak the language or have any connections in the country, he was still able to find a place for himself through sheer passion for learning new skills and building new relationships. This tenacity to work against the odds, his ability to learn from everyone around him and his willingness to self-correct, convinced us to put our trust on him to handle such a multi-cultural region and we are glad we did. This is also the same reason behind nominating him for this award."
"Aditya, within a year of taking over his new role, has reconnected Digigram with our contacts in the MEA region and established a very close relationship with them. Our partners in the region are now actively promoting and supporting Digigram more than they ever have before. In addition to engaging with our existing contacts, he has actively found new partners in different regions and motivated them to be enthusiastic about our brand and solutions. With extensive and elaborate product training, our partners are now confident in taking our solutions to markets beyond broadcast.
“He has incorporated the ‘think local, act global’ principle into his operations in the region and it has been showing great results so far. Apart from setting business targets and executing joint-prospection plans, he focuses a lot on building mutual trust and ensuring that Digigram’s brand is represented in the right manner: as a progressive, future-forward and approachable organization."
Broadcaster/Media Company of the year
Kindly sponsored by Bridge Technologies
This award recognizes and rewards broadcasters or media companies that have demonstrated throughout the year that they are at the forefront of creating and distributing ground-breaking content through innovation across the content chain.
Nominated by DISH Mexico, Marketing Director Eduardo Peniche says, “latakoo provides the fastest and easiest solution to transfer large media files from any location. latakoo is an essential tool for production and broadcasters around the world who want to enable news, sports, production and other media teams in your organization to move content live fast.
“latakoo is the next generation in media delivery workflows. It compresses video, maintains quality and resolution, handles metadata and delivers media directly to systems at the station in the right house formats. A complete end-to-end media workflow solution that works in iOS, Windows and Android. latakoo core services include simultaneous compression and upload, download and transcode, transcription, custom metadata handling, social media publishing, collaboration and advanced workflow automation. Recently, latakoo introduced two new services – a time saving video editor enabling users to remain working directly in the cloud, and Manifest, an assignment tracker combined with a powerful indexing engine built to help broadcasters collaborate and repurpose stories across their organizations.
“latakoo is fully integrated with Avid Interplay, Grass Valley Stratus, Dalet Galaxy, Bitcentral and AP ENPS. It can also support custom network workflows that do not involve an asset manager.”
Most Creative Digital Campaign
New to 2020, this award recognizes and rewards a significant digital campaign that has taken place during 2020.
Bein Sports - “Love it Like the First Time”, the first major international campaign
To retain viewers’ and subscribers’ passion for sports and football in particular, beIN MEDIA GROUP’s departments worked around the clock along with its global offices in Singapore, London, Miami, Paris, Doha and Istanbul to create the first truly integrated creative global campaign curated for viewers and subscribers across 43 countries and in 5 continents. The campaign not only showcased how the entire world was affected by the pandemic, but it also provided hope and a sense of nostalgia to sport enthusiasts from Los Angeles, USA to Lyon, France all the way to Cairo, Egypt.
“Love it Like the First Time”, the first major international campaign by beIN SPORTS, was introduced for fans to celebrate the start of the new 2020/21 football season across the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Asia-Pacific, France, Turkey and North America.
The unifying and positive campaign celebrated a fresh start to football across the globe and included the best football leagues and competitions including the English Premier League, Spain’s LaLiga, France’s Ligue 1, Italy’s Serie A, the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Nations League, AFC Champions League, CAF Champions League and more.
Technology Leader of the year
Kindly sponsored by Avid
This award recognizes a person who is at the forefront of disruption and innovation within the broadcast and media industry who, through inspired leadership, has helped to deliver ground-breaking technology and business benefits.
Jackie Howes, Director - Media Infrastructure Architect, Discovery Inc
She is a fabulous employee, a huge asset to our group and the company as a whole. Jackie is directly responsible for scoping, defining and coordinating both large and small Infrastructure systems that have a direct impact on the company’s technical capabilities and profitability. Jackie’s knowledge of broadcast and production IT systems is unparalleled; she is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge of how and why things function. She loves to share her knowledge and has been a guiding light to her colleagues and peers. In the past year, we’ve experienced many unforeseen changes to our daily working practices; these have affected all employees in one way or another. Jackie has worked tirelessly to make sure that all employees are able to function in their roles no matter where they are located. The ability for key operational teams to work remotely successfully was one of Jackie’s key objectives and she has made it not only possible but, in some ways, better.
“Jackie has spent most of this year working and coordinating global internal teams and external suppliers and vendors to architect an infrastructure ecosystem that will support the technical and operational aspects of the Tokyo and Beijing Olympic Games. Jackie did this with a great sharing approach and made everyone feel they were on the same journey together. The output of this project has been very successful; Jackie not only provided a world class solution she also created a real feeling of ‘team’ and has made everyone she worked with a little wiser and understanding of the inter-department needs to make such a project function. Jackie also has an ability to communicate effectively with all of her colleagues no matter what level and has a great and respectful relationship with them all.”
Most Successful Virtual Event
New to 2020, this award recognizes and rewards a successful virtual event that has taken place during 2020.
Freeman & Sound and Vision Entertainment - NFL Draft 2020
For the first time ever, the annual meeting of NFL franchises to select newly eligible players for the upcoming season was held via video conference as a result of worldwide travel restrictions. Instead of the planned spectacular live event in Las Vegas, all team selections took place virtually, with league broadcasting picks taking place from the commissioner’s basement as well as various other locations. This historic Draft was broadcast live by NFL Network and ESPN from April 23 – 25.
Freeman, Brady Belavek of SAV and engineer Dave Ragains of Show Machine were hired to handle all production communications between the NFL, the networks and all production staff. Freeman, along with Belavek and Ragains have been providing the communications solution for the NFL Draft for over a decade, but never in a virtualized setting.
Belavek said, “When the decision was made to virtualize the Draft broadcast, we were tasked to come up with a reliable and secure remote communications solution that would enable a large number of production staff to operate from their homes while still being able to communicate on the production intercom freely over many channels. What turned out to be one of the biggest challenges was managing ISP connections in individual’s homes and offices, not to mention the security requirements from the NFL, who were understandably concerned about cyber security threats.”
Nominated by Clear-Com, whose Eclipse® HX digital matrix system along with LQ®-R4W8 was the chosen intercom solution to support the large network of remote Agent-IC® intercom app clients required for this broadcast.
“Graham’s advice and support as Vice Chair over the last nine years has been a tremendous asset to me personally and the wider IABM team,” said Peter White, CEO, IABM. “This honour is richly deserved not only for the unstinting contribution he has made to IABM over many years, but also in recognising his long and successful career in broadcast and media technology; Graham must be one of the best known and most respected people in the industry. I know many people around the business will be saying ‘great choice!’ on hearing this news.”
IABM 2020 Shortlist:
Create BaM Award®
- Fuji Film - 4K-compatible broadcast lens with AF capability
- Wavemaker Creative - Crew in a Box
- LTN Global - LTN Live Video Cloud (LVC)
Produce BaM Award®
- 7Mountains - DiNA Newsroom and Story Telling Tool
- Data Video - KMU-200 4K Multi-channel Vertical Streaming Switcher
- disguise - Extended reality xR Platform
Manage BaM Award®
- Xytech Systems - MediaPulse Media Orchestrator
- Prime Focus Technologies - CLEAR Vision Cloud _“ AI-led Video Comparator
- Meta Data Systems - Localisation Platform
Publish BaM Award®
- Broadpeak - S4Streaming Solution
- Limelight Networks - EdgeFunctions
- SES - IP Switch platform
Monetize BaM Award®
- MEDIAGENIX - Scheduling Artist
- Supponor - Digitally Enhanced Dasherboard (DED) virtual overlay solution
- Vubiquity - Amdocs Media’s MarketONE
Consume BaM Award®
- Deltatre – mtribes platform
- Singular.live - Interactive Fan Experience
- Kaltura - Content Aggregation Solutions
Connect BaM Award®
- Verizon Business Group - Verizon Media Gateway
- NEP Group - BSI's Mini Tx UHD wireless transmitter
- Woody Technologies - Woody in2it Go
Store BaM Award®
- Dell Technologies - Dell EMC PowerScale F200 System
- Cloudian - S3 Object Lock
- Editshare - EFSv: Seamless Proxy Editing
Support BaM Award®
- Telestream - GLIM Remote Media Player
- Merging Technologies - ANUBIS SPS Monitoring and Routing Tool
- OWNZONES - Deep Analysis AI Tool
Project, event or collaboration BaM Award®
- Nextologies & PSSI Global Servcies for SpaceX Launch & Splashdown Shows
- MGM and Eluvio launching a Next-Gen Video Distribution Network
- Verizon Media Platform partnering with FOX Sports delivering a 4K world-first at the Super Bowl LIV
Andrew Jones Young Person of the year
- Neil Thacker, Playbox Technology UK
- Aditya Panikker, Digigram
- Michael Dessureault, Evertz Microsystems Ltd
Broadcaster/Media Company of the year
- BeIN Media Group
- Black News Channel
Most Creative Digital Campaign
- MediaKind, Design Original and Platform Communications - The Future of Media Imagined
- PlayBox Technology UK - In the Hub Podcast
- Bein Sports - “Love it Like the First Time”, the first major international campaign
Technology Leader of the year
- Jackie Howes, Director - Media Infrastructure Architect, Discovery Inc
- Paola Hobson Managing Director, InSync Technology
- Jade Kurian, Co-founder and President, Latakoo
- Robert Nagy, Lead Developer & Co-Founder - nxtedition
- Michel Bais, Chief Executive, Mobile Viewpoint
Most Successful Virtual Event
- Freeman & Sound and Vision Entertainment - NFL Draft 2020
- GV LIVE Presents – Innovate 2020 and Engage 2020 event series
- MediaKind and partners deliver Chattanooga Film Festival
Click the links below to find out more about previous award winners