IBC2024 Awards Jury

IBC2024 Innovation Awards – Judging Panel

The IBC Innovation Awards are judged by a panel of editors and consultants, drawn from around the industry and around the world.

Fergal Ringrose - Chair

Fergal Ringrose - Chair

FergalFergal Ringrose is an independent writer and editor in the media technology marketplace. Ringrose was, most recently, full-time editorial director of Sports Video Group (SVG) Europe. Before that he was part-time executive editor of SVG Europe, alongside roles as founding executive editor of the IBC365 content platform and editor of the IBC Content Everywhere newsletter. From 2002 to 2014 Ringrose was editor and then editorial director of The IBC Daily, and from 1993 to 2013 he was editorial director of Television Broadcast (TVB) Europe magazine. He is a member of RTS and SMPTE.

Dr. Mike Short, CBE

Mike ShortAfter 30 years in telecommunications with Telefonica, Dr Mike Short joined the UK Department for International Trade as its first Chief Scientific Adviser in December 2017. His role is to ensure policy is informed by the best science, engineering and technical advice, working with the UK’s research, innovation and academic communities to boost scientific and engineering exports. Earlier in his career he managed the launch of 2G (GSM) and 3G mobile technologies in the UK, and went on to lead international research, innovation and standards for Telefonica.

His career includes the promotion of international technical standards, and he is a former chair of the Global GSM Association, the UK Mobile Data Association, and was president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (one of IBC’s partners) in 2011/12. His is a visiting professor at the Universities of Surrey, Coventry, Leeds and Salford, and he was honoured with a CBE in 2012 for his services to the mobile industry.

Christine Gebhard

Christine Gebhard

ChristineManaging Editor, Film, TV, Video

Christine Gebhard is the managing editior of the German speaking publication film-tv-video.de. She is an industry veteran with a deep knowledge of the broadcast and production market. 

Christine has written for several German speaking magazines with a focus on video, film, TV and IT technology in the past.

Vijaya Cherian

VijajaManaging Partner, CPI Trade Media 

Vijaya Cherian is Managing Partner at CPI Trade Media and Editorial Director of the Broadcast and Satellite Division at the publishing house. Based in Dubai, she has covered the MENA broadcast and satellite markets from a technical and commercial point of view for the last twenty years. She also produces well-attended conferences in the region for these sectors.

Heather McLean

Heather McLean

HeatherHeather McLean got her first experience in broadcast journalism working on the IBC Daily as a reporter, which she continued to do for 12 years. She was bought onboard to add her knowledge as a long-time editor and reporter in the mobile and telecoms industry to the publication when IBC first introduced mobile TV and IP TV to the event. Today Heather is an editor at Sports Video Group (SVG) Europe, where she is also head of SVG Europe Women, an initiative to support and inspire women working in sports broadcast, and SVG Europe Audio, a group specifically for those working in sports broadcasting sound.

Over the last 20 years Heather has written for all the UK broadsheets on areas from technology to education, as well as publications including The IBC Daily, IBC365, TVB Europe, E-Forex Magazine, The Economist’s Executive Briefing, as well as working on The IBC Daily Executive Summary, the ISE Daily and Mobile World Congress Daily. She has also worked as a presenter for events and film.

Carolyn Giardina

CarolynBased in Los Angeles, Carolyn Giardina is Senior Entertainment Technology & Crafts Editor at Variety. She’s also an author, and an adjunct professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts in Southern California. 

In addition to Variety, Carolyn’s work as editor, reporter or columnist has appeared in titles including The Hollywood Reporter, Cinema Editor, The IBC Daily and SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. As a journalist, she’s covered events from IBC and CES to the Academy Awards.

Carolyn co-authored Exploring 3D: The New Grammar of Stereoscopic Filmmaking (Focal Press, 2013). She also served on the HPA Board of Directors, during which time she co-founded and was founding chair of the HPA Awards. 

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