The international panel of judges for the IBC Awards lookout for creative technology solutions that work, deliver real benefits and help move the industry forward. The enhancement of the user experience is an important factor when judging.
Chairman Michael Lumley
Michael Lumley spent most of his career with the BBC. As a producer, director and executive producer he specialised in large-scale ceremonial and political events: he was in charge of the outside broadcast coverage of the wedding of HRH Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer.
Michael became a director of BBC Resources with responsibility for its UK-wide production facilities. His major interest today is in the use of technology to enable new creative and business opportunities for programme makers. He is a fellow of the Royal Television Society. He has extensive experience in judging creative and technology awards, and chairs the IBC Innovation Awards panel.
Vijaya Cherian is the Group Editor of the Broadcast Division at CPI, Dubai. She has spent the last ten years writing about the Middle East broadcast market from a technical and trade point of view.
She launched BroadcastPro Middle East in 2010. She was also instrumental in launching SatellitePro ME - the MENA region's first and only satellite magazine. Under the BroadcastProME brand, she conducts regular vendor-neutral technical workshops and roundtables in conjunction with industry players, and hosts a well-attended annual Conference and Awards event in Dubai in partnership with the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU).
Christine Gebhard works for the online publication film-tv-video.de and its associated print magazine »Broadcast« which she launched with Gerd Voigt-Mueller.
Christine has worked in the industry for more than 20 years and has a deep knowledge of the market. She has written for several German speaking magazines with a focus on video, film and TV technology. Previously she was engaged with the special interest publishing house Motor Press Stuttgart.
Journalist Carolyn Giardina is Tech Editor at The Hollywood Reporter and writes its Behind the Screen blog.
Her work as an editor, reporter or columnist has also appeared in titles such as CinemaEditor, SHOOT, TVBEurope, The IBC Daily and SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. She’s co-author of Exploring 3D: The New Grammar of Stereoscopic Filmmaking (Focal Press, 2012).
In 2015, Carolyn was presented American Cinema Editors’ Robert Wise Award, which recognizes a journalist for contributions to film editing. She was the 2011 recipient of the International Cinematographers Guild’s Technicolor William A. Fraker Award for journalistic contributions to cinematography.
Now he is a well-known independent commentator and consultant, contributor to a number of industry journals, and a regular speaker at industry events.
Although he is fascinated by technology, throughout his career his real interest has been in the application of technology to do things better, faster or more creatively, and so is a natural supporter of the IBC Innovation Awards.
Heather McLean has worked on the IBC Daily for the last 10 years, adding her specialism in the mobile and telecoms industry to the publication when IBC first introduced mobile TV and IP TV to the event, which has evolved into IBC Content Everywhere.
Over the last 15 years Heather has written for all the UK broadsheets, as well as publications including TVB Europe, IBC Content Everywhere, IBC365, Fierce Wireless, E-Forex Magazine, The Economist’s Executive Briefing, SVG Europe, as well as working on The IBC Daily Executive Summary, the BVE Daily and ISE Daily.
Since 2000 Heather McLean has been a technology, business and education journalist and editor. As an editor today Heather runs Smart Chimps, an online publication focused on the mobile ecosystem, and educational sector magazine, Tech&Learning UK.
He currently holds three key roles in the industry: Editorial Director of The IBC Daily; News Editor of IBC Content Everywhere; and Executive Editor of Sports Video Group Europe.
From 1993 to 2013 Ringrose was editorial director of Television Broadcast (TVB)Europe magazine and the TVB-E electronic newsletter. Before helping to launch TVBEurope in 1993, Ringrose was a director of Production Industry Publications Ltd in Ireland, where he launched the country’s first audiovisual business magazine, Playback, and the first guide to the Irish film and television production business, Ireland On Screen.
Prior to that he was a director of BSO Publications Ltd in London, where he was editor of International Broadcasting (formerly Systems & Operations) magazine. Ringrose is a Member of the Royal Television Society and the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from California State University at Sacramento.
He has spent over 16 years reporting on technology and policy issues affecting the TV, radio and recording industries throughout Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Past credits include IBC Daily News, TV Technology & Production magazine, Broadcast Engineering News, Internet World Australia, Radio World, Production Solutions, Pro Sound News Asia, Personal Investor magazine and The Australian newspaper.