2023 Accelerator Media Innovation Programme

Accelerator Media Innovation Programme 2023: A fast-track innovation framework for the media & entertainment eco-system

IBC created the Accelerator programme in 2019, to support the media & entertainment industry with a framework for agile, collaborative, and fast-track innovation with a unique multi-company project-based approach to solving complex media and entertainment business and technology challenges. The programme focuses on hands-on experimentation – learning about new technologies and understanding new possibilities through their application in tangible use case and workflow experimentation.

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2023 Accelerator Media Innovation Projects 

Authenticated Data ... 

Authenticated Data Specification aims to allow studios, broadcasters, content creators and owners to verify and authenticate their content data and imagery - and publish it to 3rd party sources.

Synthetic Humans ... 

Synthetic Humans for Entertainment and Accessibility will present two use cases for synthetic humans: the first one is a theatre filled with the melodic tones of Maria Callas, and the second is a photorealistic sign language interpreter, to address accessibility in broadcasting.

Real-Time XR Sport ... 

Real-Time XR Sport Edge will build on the latest, cutting-edge innovations in interactive digital athletes, motion capture, AI and high-speed edge content delivery for live XR sports workflows for 3D metaverse worlds, and the potentials into OTT platforms.

Connect & Produce ...

Connect & Produce Everywhere aims to move live production media processing stages between cloud and edge computing at an event, allowing us to deploy software to the best location making the most efficient use of resources in a bandwidth constrained location.

5G Motion Capture ... 

5G Motion Capture for Live Performance and Animation focuses on two unique workstreams that will power live, cutting-edge motion capture and low-latency connectivity into creative output, focusing on the performing arts, and 3D animation into children’s hospitals.

Gallery Agnostic ... 

Gallery Agnostic Live Media Production will aim to explore advancements of our live media production workflows and upgrade them into the modern, present day via device-agnostic, gallery-agnostic and hybrid ways of working.

Responsive Narrative ... 

Responsive Narrative Factory will allow multiple streams of time-based metadata to be combined to allow for more effective manipulation of content to create highly customisable programs. It will use the metadata transport format Metarex, and Infuse Video's streaming technology.

Real Time Interactive ... 

Real Time Interactive Streaming Personalises Live Experience aims to demonstrate that additional revenue can be achieved through personalizing viewer engagement from live interactive experience streaming, for big or small sporting and other events.

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Accelerator Media Innovation Programme

More than 160 organisations have participated in the Accelerator programme since 2019, as Champions and Participants in some 27 projects – household media brands together with large, medium and small technology organisations and academic institutions.

Champions of projects have included Aardman Entertainment, Al Jazeera, BBC, BT Sport, DAZN, Fox Sports, ITV, NBC Universal, the English Premier League, Pixar, Production Park, Thomson Reuters, RTÉ, Sky, Universal Pictures, Paramount, Warner Bros. Discovery, and many, many more. 

Projects have addressed challenges in areas such as 5G, AI, CG Animation, Live Cloud Production, Immersive audio & sound, Next Gen News Studio, Cloud Localization, Sustainability, Volumetric video and VFX workflows, IP transition and many others...

  • "It’s a brilliant opportunity to meet like-minded people working in some of the biggest tech companies, other broadcasters, universities and researchers to bring us all together into one collaborative approach to solving the problems we’re all facing.”
    Grace Dinan
    Senior Virtual Production Braodcast Specialist, TUS Horizon Europe – TRANSMIXR Project
  • “The IBC Accelerator programme is breaking boundaries. This is my first time here and I have already spoken to a lot of international media companies, which I wouldn’t have easily met if I wasn’t here. It’s a great space for co-creation.”
    Gianni Lieuw-A-Soe
    Managing Director, Vereniging Omroep ZWART
  • “The challenge of real-world networking in recent times makes IBC Accelerators even more important for the industry. It provides a unique space to engage and collaborate with established peers and exciting new companies. Building these relationships is crucial for the BBC to remain relevant.”
    Purminder Gandhu
    Tech Transfer Manager, BBC
  • “The Accelerator program offers an amazing opportunity to collaborate with incredible people across the industry; I had the opportunity to build relationships with senior people. It's a truly collaborative environment, where we can innovate, tackle business problems, and succeed together.”
    John Ellerton
    Head of Futures, BT Media & Broadcast
  • “Collaborating with new contacts, diverse vendors, even former industry rivals – we tackled joint challenges head-on. We built a great foundation, and this year's pitch promises an exciting six-month sprint.”
    John Roberts
    Director of Technology, Production & Innovation, ITN
  • “The Accelerators program brings people together; it allows us to make a commitment to a focal point and address some clear deliverables around that. For me, IBC helps to bring all participants around the table.”
    Kristan Bullett
    CEO, Humans Not Robots
  • “The Accelerator Media Innovation Programme really sets the scene for IBC and gets the excitement going in the lead up to the show.”
    Andy Hook
    Director of Technology Strategy and Statregy, d&b
  • “The true value lies in bringing together those facing challenges with those who can solve them, all in an open and collaborative environment. The Accelerators are a powerful driver of this collaboration, which ultimately showcases the capabilities of our industry as a whole.”
    Tim Davis
    Enterprise Architect, ITV
  • "The Accelerators program is fantastic because it fosters collaboration among public broadcasters. Sharing common goals and challenges, we realise we're not alone.”
    Ryan McKenna
    Executive Product Manager, BBC
  • "The rise of disinformation - fake news and deepfakes - is a real worry. How can we be sure what's real anymore? At IBC, The Accelerators share different techniques and perspectives and that’s key, it’s what we are interested in.”
    Judy Parnall
    Head of Standard & Industry, BBC
  • “It’s such an amazing group of people; everybody is interested in the future of media and technology. To bring together the collaboration and ideas is just an incredible place to be and really important with where we are right now in our industry."
    ErinRose Widner
    Global Head, Business Strategy – M&E and Tech, Verizon Business Group
  • “We love the energy, creativity, collaboration and the ideas that came out from the Accelerator’s programme.”
    Roberto Iacoviello
    Lead Research Engineer, RAI
  • “The rise of misinformation and deepfakes threatens media, democracy, and trust in information. What’s special about the Accelerators programme is its holistic approach in bringing together the different parts of the chain to help tackle this problem.”
    Claudia Milne
    SVP, Standards & Practices, CBS News