YouView, Vice Media, National Geographic Europe, DAZN, Starz Play, Sky Italia and Orange were among the winners at the third annual Content Innovation Awards held in Cannes last night, just ahead of the MIPCOM TV market.
Over 200 people gathered in the Grand Salon of the Carlton Hotel to see 22 awards handed out to content producers, broadcasters, platform operators and technology companies that have excelled in innovation over the past year.
YouView took the prize for Advanced TV Innovation of the Year, while Vice Media won the prize for Best New Venture for its Viceland International channel.
National Geographic took home two awards, for Best Series Launch of the Year for Mars, and for Factual TV Project of the Year for Before the Flood.
Sports OTT TV service DAZN and Middle East SVOD service Starz Play meanwhile shared the honours in the OTT TV Service of the Year category.
Sky Italia and Orange took the two prizes for innovation in the emerging field of virtual reality, the former winning the Virtual Reality Initiative prize for The Sistine Chapel – an incredible VR experience, while the latter took the Virtual Reality Sports Experience prize for Holotennis.
The awards were hosted by novelist, musician, journalist and radio presenter Clemency Burton-Hill alongside Digital TV Europe editor Stuart Thomson and TBI Editor Jesse Whittock.
The full list of winners is presented below:
Advanced TV Innovation of the Year
Winner: YouView TV for YouView
Best Distribution Initiative
Winner: ChannelSculptor for MENA.TV Content Hub
Best New Venture
Winner: VICE Media for VICELAND INTERNATIONAL
Best Series Launch of the Year
Winner: National Geographic Europe for Mars
Breakout International Drama
Winner: ITV Studios Global Entertainment for Victoria
Channel of the Year
Winner: VICE Media for VICELAND UK
Consumer Premises Equipment Innovation of the Year
Winner: Netgem for SoundBox
Entertainment Format of the Year
Winner: ITV Studios Global Entertainment for Love Island
Factual TV Project of the Year
Winner: National Geographic Europe for Before The Flood
Next Gen Advertising Award
Winner: BT Sport and Yospace for Dynamic Ad Insertion for BT Sport
OTT TV Service of the Year
Winners: DAZN and STARZ PLAY
OTT TV Technology of the Year
Winner: IBM for Content Enrichment
The Multiscreen TV Award
Winner: ACCESS for ACCESS Twine for Reliance Jio Infocomm’s Jio Lifestyle
The Social Engagement Award
Winner: BBC Drama for Sherlock Live
The UX Award
Winner: TiVo for Conversation Services
The YouTube Award
Winner: Barcroft Media for Barcroft TV
TV Service Innovation of the Year
Winner: Conviva for Precision
UHD Initiative of the Year
Winner: CC-Lab for Isle of Wight Festival 2017
Virtual Reality Initiative
Winner: Sky Italia for The Sistine Chapel – an incredible VR experience
Virtual Reality Sports Experience
Winner: Orange for Holotennis
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Christina Jennings, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Shaftesbury
International Content Leader of the Year
Winner: Cathy Payne, Chief Executive Officer, Endemol Shine International