A huge thanks to the sponsors for their kind support and involvement in the 2021 Rise Awards.


Sponsor of the Rising Star Award and Drinks Reception

Thirty years ago, Avid broke new ground by reimagining content creation. Its revolutionary nonlinear editor was the first to digitize video content. It redefined the media industry and is still the gold standard.

Today, Avid is reshaping the entire media value chain with powerful technology for creating, managing, storing, distributing and monetizing film, television and music. Our tools and platforms empower more than a million users and thousands of media enterprises to tell powerful stories and build better businesses.

With enhanced collaboration, advanced automation, end-to-end integration and workflow orchestration, Avid today helps aspiring artists, creative professionals, production teams and media enterprises to thrive in the digital era.

Visit Avid’s website

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Annex Pro

Sponsor of the Marketing/PR Award

Annex Pro is a value added reseller of hardware & software for content creation.

A razor-focus on specialised products & solutions for media content creation, plus exacting customer service standards has resulted in Annex Pro becoming Canada’s leading value-added reseller for Media & Entertainment. Thousands of Annex Pro customers leverage our expertise in hardware, software & services to create awe-inspiring animation, visual effects, video games, immersive experiences and digital media of all kinds on every platform.

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Vancouver with offices in Montreal, Toronto and Los Angeles, Annex Pro is strategically partnered with Autodesk, Avid, Wacom, EIZO, Lenovo & hundreds of others. View our software and hardware partners here.


Sponsor of the Influencer Award

Bitmovin was founded in 2012 to solve a core need in the market – to create best in class video development solutions that enable customers to create memorable digital experiences, worldwide.

Bitmovin’s vision is to shape the future of video. It supports this with our mission which is to enable to play, encode and analyze video content simply, efficiently and with the highest quality imaginable.

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Blackmagic Design

Sponsor of the Production/Support Engineer Award

Blackmagic Design has grown rapidly to become one of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of creative video technology. With extensive experiences in high-end telecine, film and post, harnessed with a real passion for perfection, Blackmagic Design set out to change the industry forever.

A company dedicated to quality and stability and focusing on where it’s needed most; Blackmagic Design has created some of the most talked about products in the industry. World famous for their unbeatable codecs, Blackmagic Design envisioned truly affordable high-end quality editing workstations built upon Blackmagic Design software and hardware

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Sponsor of the Product Innovation Award

Clear-Com are a company that stands proudly linked to its 50-year history having effectively invented production communication for live performance and live events. Across multiple market applications, they offer a phenomenal range of associated communications, control, and signal distribution over a variety of platforms and protocols. With a team from diverse professional and geographic backgrounds, Clear-Com are focused on serving their customers with impactful real-time solutions, empowering them to accomplish the incredible.

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Sponsor of the Company Award for Investment in Women

The world’s leading content creators, broadcasters, OTTs, and distributors rely on Deluxe’s experience and expertise to create, transform, localize, and distribute content.

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Sponsor of the Business Award

LiveU is changing the rules of the game for live news and dynamic sports coverage, with flawless 5G 4K HEVC live streaming and remote production. Together with its cloud-based management and next-gen IP distribution platforms, LiveU offers the most cost-effective end-to-end contribution, production and distribution solution.

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Sponsor of the R&D Engineer Award

OWNZONES’ mission is to become the driving force for technological advancements in the entertainment industry. It leverages technological solutions to give audiences greater accessibility to content while helping its partners reach more users, more effectively.

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Ross Video

Sponsor of the Technical Operations Award

High Impact, High Efficiency Production Solutions
Ross powers video productions for billions of global viewers daily with the industry’s widest range of high impact, high efficiency production solutions. Ross makes it easy to create compelling news, weather and sports broadcasts, engaging material for sports stadium screensentertainment shows and rock concertseducational institutionslegislative assembliescorporate applications and inspiring content for houses of worship.

Ross solutions have impressed the audiences and marketing partners of NBC Sunday Night Football, Eurosport, BBC World, Google YouTube Space London and China’s eSports powerhouse VSPN. Ross delivers an unrivalled range of products and services comprising virtual studios, real-time motion graphics, cameras, robotic camera systems, production switchers, video servers, infrastructure and routers, social media management, newsroom systems and mobile live events.

Visit Ross Video’s website


Sponsor of the Student Award

SMPTE is the global society of media professionals, technologists and engineers working together to drive the industry forwardTechnical brilliance. Creative passion. A shared dedication to the collaborative process. From the early days of entertainment technology to the latest digital media breakthroughs, the brightest minds in the industry have found their community in SMPTE, the home of creative technology.

Visit SMPTE’s website


Sponsor of the Sales Award

Telstra is one of the world’s leading telecommunications and technology companies, offer a wider range of services from programmable networks and cloud solutions to mobility and enterprise collaboration tools.

Telstra believes the more connected people are, the more opportunities we have. That’s why it brings innovative technology, capability and talent from around the world to help businesses create their brilliant connected futures.

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Sponsor of the Woman of the Year Award

Zixi is the industry leader for enabling dependable, live broadcast-quality video over any IP network, any protocol, any cloud and any edge device.

Its award-winning Software-Defined Video Platform offers cloud-based technologies for broadcasters, enterprises, over-the-top video providers, and mobile service providers around the world, making it easy and economical to source, manage and distribute live events and 24/7 live linear channels securely and at scale.

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The DPP is the media industry’s business network. It is based in London but operates internationally.

Its purpose is to bring together companies from the whole media supply chain to share knowledge, solve problems and create business opportunities.

The DPP believes that openness, collaboration and shared insight are key to success in a complex media environment in which no company can do everything itself.

Its skill is to create and facilitate those conversations in a safe, trusted environment.

Visit DPP’s website

Sponsorship Opportunities

We have a number of exciting sponsorship opportunities for the 2021 Rise Awards. To find out more and to discuss how you could get involved, please contact Carrie Wootten, Managing Director at Rise on carrie@risewib.com.