Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert in 3D takes Judges’ prize at IBC 2008 Awards

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Amsterdam – In a year when 3D stereoscopic display was the main talking point at IBC the top award in the IBC Innovation Awards, the Judges prize, went to Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert movie. The Hannah Montana movie also won the content creation award for the stereoscopic post production workflow created by Los Angeles post house FotoKem Film & Video, based on technology from Quantel including its Pablo 3D and Genetic Engineering. It allowed FotoKem to meet the requirements of its client, Walt Disney Pictures, to complete the movie in an incredibly short timeframe. “It was pure serendipity when Walt Disney Pictures presented us with this project,” said John Nicolard, head of digital production at FotoKem. “The requirements exactly complemented the technical capabilities we had only recently incorporated into our pipeline using Quantel’s 3D technology. The opportunity to work on a project with this magnitude of technical challenge was a deeply satisfying experience.” 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. “NBC Universal has a rich history of technical innovation in media, and to have this project recognised amongst our international peers is a fantastic tribute,” said Rab Mukraj, director of digital media delivery at NBC Universal. “The Micah project is an outstanding example of how the close partnership between users and vendors can turn powerful technology into real-world benefits, and we could not have accomplished this without the exceptional efforts of Digital Rapids and Signiant.” With the content delivery award the ceremony returned to music. The prize went to producer and distributor Control Room, for their efforts on the Live Earth day of music in 2007. Their system, developed with technology partners MSN, Intelsat Corporation, 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. After accepting the award Howard Lukk, vice president of production technology at The Walt Disney Studios had this to say: “Special thanks really does go to IBC because it was here last year that I actually met with all those people, and after looking Quantel in the eye and saying ‘will you support me in one month to do this project’, they stepped up to the plate and really supported us. So thank you IBC – thank you.” Ray Cross, CEO, Quantel said “It’s a huge honour to be recognised in this way by our peers. This business is all about working closely with your customers; the creative partnership between Walt Disney Pictures, and everyone involved that brought the ‘Hannah Montana’ project to such a successful conclusion in so short a time is a fine example of this philosophy in practice.”

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