AEQ-KROMA receives Panorama award for "Best in-studio technology" 20/05/2014
AEQ-KROMA receives the "Panorama award" for the best in-studio (radio and TV) equipment or technology for playout, continuity, signal routing, scenery or transmission for ConeXia intercom system.
Runner-ups were TruZoom (AJA) and VR50HD (Roland)
The audiovisual industry rewards the best enterprises, installations and productions
Within a festive atmosphere, around four hundred professionals gathered last night for the 1st Panorama Awards ceremony, awards which aim to recognize the excellence, technology development and innovation of enterprises, professionals and television, cinema, radio and advertising productions.
Established by the leading publication of the industry, Panorama Audiovisual, these awards aim to recognize the excellence, technology development and innovation of enterprises, professionals and television, cinema, radio and advertising productions.
No doubt that these awards will stimulate the industry, fostering organizations to better use technology in order to be competitive, recognizing as well the most innovative projects and productions.
Such ceremony was held concurrently with the opening of the Media Technology International Show, BIT Broadcast 2014, at the Auditorio Sur of Feria de Madrid, and was a means of sending an optimistic message. Despite all difficulties the industry has gone through, all professionals unanimously agreed that the opening of new technology standpoints within different areas of the audiovisual industry and the internationalization of companies will set, without a doubt, the path to the future.
Maria Valcarce, BIT Broadcast Director, pointed out at the opening of the ceremony the crucial role of the audiovisual industry as a whole, and how meeting-points as this one allow for the sharing of projects and ideas which are able to develop new businesses.
In turn, Antonio Castillo, Panorama Audiovisual Director, recognized that “we acknowledge the difficult times we are going through… but we also know that new technologies are opening new routes for creating, producing and broadcasting contents and consequently creating, producing and distributing enthusiasm to millions of spectators. The crisis has also made enterprises to open to new sub-industry and geographical markets, beyond our borders. Internationalization is a key factor to this change the industry is undergoing. Precisely in this context, we would like to offer you once again the support of Panorama’s editions in America and Brazil, as well as the thrust of these awards to help you to open new doors”.
During the ceremony, which had the journalist Belén Almonacid as brilliant master of ceremonies and the extraordinary David Dominique Jazz Band to entertain those present, each of the thirteen awards were revealed, rewarding technology equipment and solutions, premises and projects, as well as technical performance of television and radio programs, cinema productions and spots.
Votes from readers sent via website and a jury comprised by eleven well-known experts of the industry deciding by secret ballot before the Notary of the Notarial Association of Madrid, Javier Lucas y Cárdenas, have put a name to the winners, that last night received the recognition of the industry. On the occasion, the following individuals acted as members of the jury: Nacho Benítez, photography director; Chema Casaos, ITSS & Media Director at Ericsson Iberia; Andrés Díaz, engineering director at Mediaset España; José María García-Lastra, business development director at Cristaliza; Eladio Gutiérrez, executive partner at the consultancy firm EGM; Francisco Menchén, chairman of Eurocom group; Tomas Nielsen, general manager at Datos Media; Javier Polo, engineering and operations director at Unión Europea de Radiodifusión (UER); María Valcarce, BIT Broadcast 2014 director; Ana Sanz, Digital AV director and Antonio Castillo, director de Panorama Audiovisual.
Riedel, in recognition to the key role that its intercommunication, network and transmission systems played in the prodigious growth of Red Bull Stratos, was awarded the Panorama Award as best Company of the Year.
With regards to intallations, the jury voted for the new EFE Agency’s headquarters for EFE’s Technology and Operations Divisions, it being a project by Delatorre, who also performed the site management, and with the participation of TSA, Sony, Unitecnic, Crosspoint, AEQ, Albalá Ingenieros, Pentatel, Promovisa, Pinanson, Tecnoantena, BroadService and Tragsa.
Regarding solutions, the new camcorder AJ-PX270 (Panasonic), the cloud exchange platform Media Amigo (developed by Tedial, a company from Malaga, and already marketed in half the globe), the matrix ConeXia (a joint effort by Kroma y AEQ, which have already merged), the advanced C-Cast (EVS) technology, the high end suite for color correction Pablo Rio (Quantel), the advanced graphics system Aston 3D (Brainstorm) and the audio postproduction proposal Nuage, developed by Yamaha together with Steinberg… were the winners of the night.
Regarding technical performance in production, the jury recognized the production work by Salomón Redón in the Radio Nacional’s magazine No es un día cualquiera, which ended up beating Milenio 3 (Cadena SER) and Herrera en la Onda (Onda Cero).
The series El tiempo entre costuras (Antena 3), directed by Ignacio Mercero, Iñaki Peñafiel and Norberto L. Amado and produced by Boomerang Tv was granted the Panorama Award as best technical performance in television. Goyo Quintana, Boomerang Tv director, remarked when receiving the award the excellent moment that the Spanish fiction industry is going through, due to the quality of productions and the export of series to international markets.
Regarding cinema, Las brujas de Zugarramurdi became winner, a film directed by Álex de la Iglesia and produced by Enrique Cerezo, La Ferme Prodcution and Arte France Cinema. Carlos Bernases, the production director, received the award.
With respect to advertising production, Future Solution LX (Shiseido), carried out by José Mellado, produced and post-produced by Mvm for China was the spot winning the Panorama Award.
Manolo Romero, Lifetime Achievement Award
Manolo Romero, one of the great masters of the audiovisual industry, was received by his colleagues last night with a prolonged standing ovation on receiving the Panorama Lifetime Achievement Award.
Admired and esteemed by the whole industry, there is no doubt that Manolo Romero Canela is the Spaniard with the strongest international projection in the broadcast industry.
Born in Seville, Romero graduated as Telecommunications Engineer at Universidad Politécnica of Madrid. After taking the corresponding public examinations, he started his professional career in the Technical Area of TVE (Televisión Española, Spanish Public Broadcasting Company) in 1965. Almost from the very beginning, he was involved in international sports events such as 68 Mexico’s Olympics, as part of the operational team in the UER/EBU. His unarguable success being in charge of the technical aspects during 1982’s Football World Cup in Spain took him to American’s Broadcaster ABC as head of European Operations in Paris.
Afterwards, he was designated as 84 Los Angeles’ Games International Operations Manager for ABC. He was awarded an Emmy for this job (Best Television Sports Coverage). Back in Europe he led the operations for the 92 Barcelona Olympics. After that, he has worked around the globe leading, among other events, the 94 Football World Cup in the US, 96 Atlanta’s Olympic Games, 2000’s in Sydney, 2004’s in Athens, 2008’s in Beijing, 2012 in London and so other winter Olympics and World Championships in athletics and other sports.
From 2001, he has been in charge as Managing Director of Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS), the company created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the television broadcast of the Olympic Games. He decided to step down from such managing position at the end of 2012 and accepted the Vice-presidency of the company.
Currently, Manolo is an advisor to the IOC and several international sports federations in broadcast matters, Vice-president of OBS and President of ISB (International Sport Broadcasting).
This recognition, the Panorama Awards, established by Panorama Audiovisual, will serve as recognition to the lifetime achievements of a professional within this industry.
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