IBC has announced an open call for additional participants and champions to apply to be a part of the projects that aim to solve challenges faced by the media and entertainment sector.
IBC has launched an open call for the first set of challenges in its Accelerator Media Innovation Programme for 2020, including projects led by a media and entertainment industry broadcasters, studios, platforms and content owners, such as BBC, Al-Jazeera, AP, Reuters, MovieLabs, RTE, ITV, ViacomCBS, Warner Music and Unity Technologies, among others.
Each accelerator focusses on cross-industry collaborations between major media companies, expert vendors and solution providers who join forces to create a proof-of-concept solution that will be showcased at IBC 2020 show in September.
IBC accelerator projects open to additional participants and champions include 5G remote production, TV delivered as objects, AI-automated video shot-listing, usable VFX archive, virtual and interactive live music talent show, live content moderation and 5G LB-VR (location-based virtual reality).
Commenting on the open call, Mark Smith, who heads up the programme at IBC, said: “BC’s Accelerator programme is designed to support the media and entertainment technology ecosystem with a new model and approach to collaborative innovation, at speed. Accelerators are essentially rapid-fire R&D vehicles focused on giving the industry’s leading brands and vendors of all sizes – from start-ups to established leaders – the chance to come together to identify challenging, often complex use cases and develop solutions in a matter of months which will then be showcased at IBC and across its community channels.”
Russell Inman, Executive Product Manager at the BBC and one of the teams working on the 5G Remote Production project, remarked: “Remote and distributed production technologies have really come to the fore as a priority for broadcasters in the current crisis. The project aims to collect, assess and reflect innovation and best practice in this area, feeding into the development of a physical 5G proof of concept, depending on when that might be possible. In the short term we, alongside several other leading broadcasters, are building requirements for a 5G production system based on a multi-camera set-up, deployed over a ‘non-public standalone’ – or private – network in order to test and evaluate some of the key performance data. We, of course, welcome input, insights and use cases from other media organisations and manufacturers that would like to be involved.”
Sandy MacIntyre, VP News and Director of Key initiative at AP and lead Champion of the AI-Automated Video Shot-listing Accelerator project. “The programme has given us the opportunity to accelerate some of our R&D ideas in the AI space and diversify our talent pool, bringing in fresh expertise in technology in areas beyond our usual line of sight, and working with colleagues across the world on common transformative challenges.”