For the fifth consecutive year, the Awards recognise inspirational women and companies who are stand-out performers, innovators and leaders in the global broadcast media technology industry
London, UK, 10 July 2023 – Rise, the award-winning advocacy group for women in the broadcast media technology sector, is delighted to announce that entries are open for its annual Rise Awards. With a new home this year, Troxy in London and a date of Tuesday 7th November, the awards this year will be produced in partnership with Sky and EMG.
Submissions and nominations are encouraged from across the global broadcast media technology audience to showcase talent across the industry whether in a manufacturer, service provider, engineer or broadcaster role. The awards are free to enter and nominations will close on 18 August 2023, and the shortlist will be announced on Sunday 17th September as part of the IBC Changemakers event.
Entrants can be nominated, or they can nominate themselves. All applications will require statements on the nominee and why they are relevant for the award. The judges, across the categories, are looking for the best demonstration of exceptional achievement, innovation, positive impact, and the ability to fulfil the criteria.
For more information about the Awards and to submit nominee applications, please visit: https://risewib.com/awards-call-for-entries-2023/
Rise is seeking nominations across the following categories:
Project Management or Delivery Award
This award celebrates women who have exceeded in delivering transformational projects, on-time and within budget. Our shortlisted nominees have exceptional organisational and leadership skills, as well outstanding abilities in managing multiple stakeholders and multiple tasks.
This award recognises a high achiever, problem solver and team player who represents the very best of the broadcasting profession.
Woman of the Year | sponsored by Zixi
This special award will be chosen by the Rise Advisory Board and is open to any woman from across the sector and at any level. The Award is for an extraordinary and inspirational woman who has made a significant contribution within her field and to the industry at large.
Rising Star | sponsored by Harmonic
The Rising Star award will recognise women who are industry newcomers, with four years or less industry experience, but who are considered as stand-out performers, innovators and emerging leaders in the broadcast & media industry.
This award will go to an individual that creates influence, communities, has a voice in the industry and brings people together. They can work in sales, marketing, journalism, business or any other role and will be recognised by their peers and community as an influencer.
This award will commend an outstanding woman who is working in a marketing or PR role in the industry; either in-house or for an agency or as a freelancer.
Product Innovation | sponsored by Clear-Com
This award recognises the importance of revolution and invention for the broadcasting sector today and for the future. Fulfilling either a product development and/or product management role, this nominee will have led or contributed significantly to a product where the outcome was both engaging and empowering, as well as making a difference by creating tangible benefits to the industry.
Production Support Engineer
An organised and skilled Production Support Engineer, who represents the very best of our Broadcasting Profession. She has a strong understanding of the broadcast chain, offers outstanding troubleshooting skills, implicitly relates to relevant standards and demonstrates the ability to fault find from first principles.
Business Leader | sponsored by LiveU
This award will recognise the achievements of a woman running a business within the broadcast industry (either manufacturer or service provider), for example, a CEO, Managing Director, COO, or business owner.
Technical Operations | sponsored by Ross Video
This award celebrates a technical operations team member who has gone above and beyond the requirements of their day-to-day role to make a difference, whether it’s delivering outstanding client service on a particular project or service line, resolving a difficult problem or supporting a colleague or client to help achieve this. Technical Operations encompasses all levels from junior operators through to technical supervisors and managers working across all broadcast services.
Our student of the year will be a stellar representative of their educational institution. They will be the most outstanding student of their year but not necessarily with the highest grades. She will have shown determination to succeed and demonstrated a desire to learn, improve and exceed their potential.
Company Award for Investment in Women | sponsored by disguise
The winning organisation will have made a significant time or financial investment in recruiting and retaining its female workforce. They will be ensuring equal pay, giving their female talent a voice, providing flexible working practices and have a no-tolerance attitude to sexism in the workplace. This company will celebrate the success of its female team and be able to demonstrate the steps they have taken to do all of this.
This award is open to any woman in a sales role in the broadcast industry working either in a manufacturer, service provider, broadcaster, media publisher or trade show.
Ally of the Year | sponsored by Vizrt
This Award is given to a male working across the media technology sector who has driven both internal and external initiatives to support gender diversity. Over the last year they will have worked to support or develop new programmes of work that encourage, promote and champion gender diversity within their own companies or wider industry community. They will have also used their voice to drive conversations and ensure that the lack of gender diversity remains a priority for their colleagues and the industry.
Business Operations | sponsored by Telestream
This award will go to an individual who takes the resources available to them and turns them into the finest content that we see on screens today. These resources include finance, workforces, legal etc and the person in the business operations role will ensure that they are delivered to the right place at the right time with the highest levels of quality. This person can work in a broadcaster, manufacturer, post production house or service delivery company and will excel at making sure the workforce and clients are happy and the business is reaching its targets.
Donna Smith, Managing Director of Rise, said: “Now in its fifth year, we are delighted to present the 2023 Rise Awards. Last year’s event saw women travel from Australia, Canada and the US, with winners dialling in from Bhutan, Mexico and a holiday in the Scottish Highlands. With our new bigger venue, we know that the Rise Awards will be the place to be this year to celebrate the women and allies in our industry. It would not be possible without the support of our sponsors, especially Sky and EMG, and we can’t wait to congratulate everyone involved later on in the year.”
Tickets for the event will go on sale in September 2023.
If your company would like to take part in supporting the Rise Awards, please contact Sadie Groom on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how you can get involved as a sponsor. For any other information please contact email@example.com
Rise was formed in 2017 to support and promote women working in the non-craft part of the broadcast industry in operations, engineering, sales, marketing and business. Since its conception, Rise has grown to become a global network hosting events at Broadcast Asia, IBC and NAB. In Spring 2019, Rise won the National Women’s Mentoring Award at the National Mentoring Awards.
Rise’s six-month mentoring programme is designed to support women working in, or aspiring to work in, the UK’s broadcast technology sector. Its mission is to raise the profile of women within the sector, to encourage younger women to join or feel that they can progress and break the glass ceiling, to work with manufacturers to highlight the issues and help them to promote a diverse workforce, as well as to work with industry associations to gain traction and give credence, and to become a platform for smaller groups or individuals wanting to promote female diversity and to support groups promoting other diversities.
Rise has also launched Rise Up, a programme of school workshops delivered throughout the UK to inspire children throughout their primary and secondary education. Crucially, it will enable industry to remain in contact with students and encourage them to consider a broadcast engineering apprenticeship or degree when they reach this level. With universities struggling to recruit both male and female talent in broadcast engineering related courses, the industry is increasingly facing recruitment shortfalls across the whole sector.
Rise has been working with universities and key industry partners to investigate and address the lack of new talent entering the broadcast technology sector, specifically engineering and technical operational roles.