Rise Awards Announces Shortlist for 2020

London, UK, 04 November 2020 – Rise, the award-winning advocacy group for women in the broadcast technology sector, is pleased to reveal the shortlist for this year’s Rise Awards.

The judges saw a stellar selection of global nominations from women in a variety of roles across the industry in several categories: Business, Engineer, Marketer/PR, Rising Star, Sales, Technical Operations, Woman of the Year and this year’s new category, Product Innovation.

The awards ceremony will be held virtually as part of the DPP Tech Leaders’ Summit on Tuesday 17 November at 18:45 (GMT).  The winners will be announced during the live presentation and we will be asking all attendees to dress for the occasion. Please register here to be sent details.

Rise founder, Sadie Groom, said: “We received a real global entry this year with so many amazing nominations for talented women from Australia, UK, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Singapore and the US.  We have seen an extraordinary calibre of talent across the broadcast and technology industry that is was extremely hard to narrow them down to the final shortlist. We’re thankful for everyone who submitted an entry on the inspiring women in their workplaces and extend a big warm congratulations to all those shortlisted.”

Rise Managing Director, Carrie Wootten, added: “We are overwhelmed with the response we received for this year’s Rise Awards and it is a testament to the incredible female talent we have in our industry. We are very much looking forward to be celebrating their achievements at the virtual awards ceremony as part of the DPP Tech Leaders’ Summit.”

The shortlist for the 2020 Rise Awards is as follows:

Business – sponsored by Adobe

  • Paola Hobson, Managing Director, InSync Technology
  • Soraya Robertson, Commercial Director, TheCollectv
  • Lindsey Stewart, CEO & Co-Founder, Stringr

Engineer – sponsored by OWNZONES Entertainment Technologies

  • Janet Law, Senior Production Technician, Calrec
  • Yulia Rozmarin, R&D Project Manager, Live U
  • Abigail Seager, Senior Systems Engineer, BBC News

Marketer/PR – sponsored by ANNEX PRO

  • Ana Escauriaza, Senior Field Marketing Specialist, Avid
  • Julia Heighton, Marketing Manager, Media Production & Technology Show
  • Donnelle Koselka,  Lead, Employee & Crisis Communications, Avid
  • Laura Light, Marketing Manager, Object Matrix

Product Innovation – sponsored by Clear-Com

  • Tove Bonander, Strategic Product Manager, Red Bee Media
  • Kate Dimbleby, Co-Founder & COO, Stornaway
  • Hannah Loughlin, Lead Product Designer, Avid
  • Lindsey Stewart, CEO & Co-Founder, Stringr

Rising Star – sponsored by EditShare

  • Sophia Hazari, Transmission Lead, Discovery
  • Gabriella Luck, Trainee Technical Support Engineer (ITV News), ITV Tyne Tees & Border
  • Sarah Thorp, Project Manager (Test), Red Bee Media

Sales – sponsored by Telstra

  • Eunice Park, VP, Global Sales & Revenue, Zixi
  • Paloma Santucci, Regional Director, LATAM, Accedo
  • Kathleen Skinkski, General Manager, Broadcast and Media, Planar Systems

Technical Operations – sponsored by Ross Video

  • Fiona Burton, Head of Post Production and Engineering EMEA, A+E Networks
  • Kerry Shreeve, VP of Technology Operations, Discovery
  • Fiona Simons, VP, Production Operations, GT+O

The Woman of the Year, sponsored by Zixi, is chosen by the Rise Advisory Board and will be announced at the ceremony.

For more information about Rise and the Awards, please visit here:


About Rise

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.


Follow Rise on Twitter at @Rise_WIB


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