Below are details of some of the awards and honours bestowed upon HBS.
Judges’ Prize for Advanced Broadcasting and Multi-Platform Coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ – IBC Awards, 2014
A successful weekend at IBC Amsterdam was completed for HBS by association to FIFA’s IBC Amsterdam Judges’ Prize – one of IBC’s biggest awards – for the coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The Judge’s Prize was received by FIFA TV Director Niclas Ericson, while HBS were cited along with several other partners and service providers
Production Achievement – SVG Awards, 2014
The SVG Awards ceremony saw HBS presented with a Production Achievement Award for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. Both FIFA TV and HBS were presented with awards for their broadcast achievements in Brazil, with Dan Miodownik, HBS Director of Production, on hand to receive the award at the ceremony held at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre.
L’Equipe.fr’s Public Prize for the Best Sport Slow Motion – Golden Podium Awards, 2012
HBS and the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) were rewarded during the Golden Podium Awards, at Sportel Monaco with L’Equipe.fr’s Public Prize for the Best Sport Slow Motion of the year, presented for a clip taken from the HBS-produced Ironman Europe TV Show.
Live Sports Special – Emmy Awards, 2011 (Won by ESPN)
ESPN claimed an Emmy Award in the prestigious Live Sports Special category for its coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Final between Spain and the Netherlands on 10 July 2010 in Johannesburg. ESPN then associated HBS to its win by including HBS CEO Francis Tellier in its roster as Coordinating Producer.
In an accompanying letter, ESPN Senior Vice President and Executive Producer Jed Drake thanked HBS for the efforts of its “tremendous team” and went on to explain that HBS’ “superlative coverage was vital” to ESPN’s success.
Best Sports Trailer/Teaser – Golden Podium Awards, 2011
HBS took second place in the Best Sports Trailer/Teaser category at the 2011 Golden Podium Awards for its promotional spot for the Ironman France – Nice.
Best Slow Motion Sequence Isolated Camera Shot – Golden Podium Awards, 2011
Director Wolfgang Straub was rewarded for his coverage of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany™ with a Golden Podium award at the awards ceremony held at the Sportel convention in Monaco in October 2011.
The winning footage for Best Slow Motion Sequence Isolated Camera Shot came from the quarter-final match between England and France, held on 9 July in Leverkusen. The match ended in a penalty shoot-out, which France went on to win when England captain Faye White struck the crossbar with her team’s last shot. The winning footage depicts the French team celebrating as Faye White looks on dejectedly from the background.
Outstanding Achievement in Stereo 3D – IBC Innovation Awards, 2011
HBS was recognised via a collaborative award for Outstanding Achievement in Stereo 3D given to the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) for its implementation of 3D coverage at the 2011 edition of Wimbledon, in partnership with BBC, Can Communicate, Sony and NEP Visions.
Outstanding Technical Achievement – SVG Award, 2010
HBS’ strong performance and technical excellence at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ was additionally honoured by the Sports Video Group at its fifth annual Sport Technology Reception with an award for Outstanding Technical Achievement at the tournament.
Innovative Technology Award – AIB Awards, 2010
HBS, in association with Sony Professional, was awarded the Innovative Technology Award for its 3D coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ at the sixth edition of the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) Awards.
Each year, a team of 28 International Judges, headed by Simon Spanswick, Chief Executive of AIB, select a winner from a list of very high-quality submissions. “It’s really not often that something comes along that can be so game-changing and deliver an experience that’s genuinely new in the TV world,” Mr. Spanswick explained at the event held at London’s LSO St Luke’s in November 2010.
“What makes this technology-highlight stand out so prominently is the collaborative effort with Sony to bring this technological feat to the world. Within that short time frame, we were designing, testing and delivering, broadcasters across the globe were opening up dedicated 3D channels, and 600 cinemas in 33 countries were offering 2010 FIFA World Cup™ matches to enthralled audiences almost on the spur of the moment,” explained Peter Angell, head of HBS’ 3D Project for the 2010 FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa™.
Judges’ Innovation Award for “The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in 3D” – IBC Innovation Awards, 2010
FIFA, Sony, HBS and ESPN jointly won the prestigious Judges’ Innovation Award at the 2010 IBC Innovation Awards in September 2010. The IBC judging panel recognised that the parties had co-operated in the finest spirit, and the resulting coverage had added hugely to the knowledge on what works in stereoscopic 3D television.
On behalf of FIFA, HBS was producing and delivering the 3D HDTV signal as part of its overall production role as host broadcaster of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, working closely with FIFA Partner Sony, which manufactures advanced 3D screens and 3D broadcast technology. The production consisted of eight pairs of cameras at every match and two dedicated 3D Outside Broadcast (OB) vans, provided by Sony and specially adapted for the purpose. ESPN, as a key “end user”, delivered the fascinating amazing 3D experience in the United States.
Host Broadcast Award – ISEMS Awards, 2007
HBS was presented with a prestigious ISEMS Award for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ host broadcast operation at a Gala dinner at Wembley Stadium in late 2007. The Sportbusiness ISEMS Awards were one of the highlights of the International Sports Event Management and Security 07 Conference, held in London in October 2007.
Francis Tellier, CEO of HBS, said in his acceptance speech: “This special Award acknowledges the quality of the cost effective services and innovations that our teams have provided year in, year out, in the field of a host broadcast operation, whatever the sport, wherever the event, however tough the challenge. HBS delivers true value for money, on budget, on time, on the button. The fully HD coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ – a first ever – has indeed been the defining step forward and underlines our ambition to lead the industry through excellence and innovation.”
Judges’ Prize for New Media Production – IBC Innovation Awards, 2006
Infront Sports & Media, the company which handled the worldwide marketing and sales of the broadcast rights to 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ and its wholly-owned subsidiary Host Broadcast Services (HBS) won the prestigious Judges’ Award – at the IBC’s Innovation Awards in October 2006.
The Award for New Media production at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ recognised the tailored production services provided by HBS, which repurposed the coverage of the event for New Media in terms of quality and additional content. The prospect of tailored production drove sales – this was the most widely covered sports event on the internet and on mobile phones to date.
Sports Technology Excellence – SVG Award, 2006
HBS were honoured for Sports Technology Excellence at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ by the Sports Video Group (SVG) – an association of industry leaders in sports broadcast and production.
“Sport production is the driving force behind the transition to high-definition TV around the globe, and the SVG is pleased to honour the achievements of HBS for their work in producing the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™,” explained SVG Editorial Director Ken Kerschbaumer in his introductory speech.
The 2006 FIFA World Cup™ was the first major international sports event completely produced in HD, with all 64 matches both covered and broadcast on HDTV.
TV Sports Image of the Year – Golden Podium Awards, 2002
HBS’ TV Director, François-Charles Bideaux, received a Golden Podium Award for the TV Sports Image of the Year at the Sportel Monaco event in October 2002.
“This award, attributed with the participation of the International Olympic Committee, to the dedicated Host Broadcaster Organisation’s work at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™, takes on a particular meaning for Infront Sports & Media and its wholly-owned subsidiary HBS,” explained HBS CEO Francis Tellier.
“I am proud to associate to this award the 3,000 international staff members from both companies who worked on this outstanding challenge. I would also like to extend my thanks to Korea and Japan for showcasing this exceptional FIFA event where the talent of one of our members has been rewarded in the name of all associated with the very innovative and comprehensive HBS Production coverage of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™.”