Congratulations to all the winners of the Rise Awards 2020.

The winners include:

Business Award

The Business Award, sponsored by Adobe, recognises the achievements of a woman running a business within the broadcast industry (either manufacturer or service provider), for example, a CEO, Managing Director, COO, or business owner. Our shortlisted nominees all demonstrate excellent business acumen, outstanding leadership whilst achieving remarkable business growth.

Winner

Lindsay Stewart, CEO & Co-Founder, Stringr

Shortlisted

  • Paola Hobson, Managing Director, InSync Technology (highly commended)
  • Soraya Robertson, Commercial Director, TheCollectv

Judges

  • Sadie Groom, Managing Director, Bubble Agency (Chair)
  • Natascha Cadle, Co-founder, Envy
  • Graham Sharp, CEO, Broadcast Pix
  • Lucinda Meek, Financial Director, IABM
  • Kathy-Anne McManus, Chief Customer Experience Officer (CCXO) & SVP, Global Customer Solutions and Services, Avid

Engineer Award

The Engineer Award, sponsored by OWNZONES Entertainment Technologies, recognises a dynamic and innovative engineer, who represents the very best of our broadcasting profession. She is a high achiever, a problem solver and a team player. She should be an inspiration to her colleagues, the wider profession and also inspire others to follow in her footsteps

Winner

Yulia Rozmarin, R&D Project Manager, Live U

Shortlisted

  • Janet Law, Senior Production Technician, Calrec (highly commended)
  • Abigail Seager, Senior Systems Engineer, BBC News

Judges

  • Andy Beale, Chief Engineer, BT Sport (Chair)
  • Larissa Goerner, Director of Product Management Advanced Technology, Grass Valley
  • Roisin McKeniry, Head of Technology, Timeline TV
  • Kathryn Lancaster, Graphics & Data Solutions Manager, Sky
  • Claire Harvey, Key Account Manager, Red Bee Media

Marketer/PR Award

This award, sponsored by Annex Pro, commends an outstanding woman who is working in a marketing or PR role in the industry; either in-house or for an agency or as a freelancer. All our shortlisted nominees have demonstrated a desire to learn and innovate, as well as being a strategic-thinkers who consistently show astuteness, professionalism and creativity.

Winner

Donnelle Koselka,  Lead, Employee & Crisis Communications, Avid

Shortlisted

  • Ana Escauriaza, Senior Field Marketing Specialist, Avid
  • Julia Heighton, Marketing Manager, Media Production & Technology Show
  • Laura Light, Marketing Manager, Object Matrix

Judges

  • Lisa Collins, Head of Memberships, IABM (Chair)
  • Simon Frost, Head of EMEA Media Marketing, AWS
  • Hannah Britt, Senior Director, Marketing & IR, euNetworks
  • Darren Deans, Head of Marketing, Dock10
  • Jamie Mackinlay, Global SVP Sales & Marketing, Amino.TV

Product Innovation Award

The Product Innovation Award, sponsored by Clear-Com, will recognise the importance of revolution and invention for the broadcasting sector today and for the future. Fulfilling either a product development and/or product management role, this nominee will have led or contributed significantly to a product where the outcome was both engaging and empowering, as well as making a difference by creating tangible benefits to the industry.

Winner

Tove Bonander, Strategic Product Manager, Red Bee Media

Shortlisted

  • Kate Dimbleby, Co-Founder & COO, Stornaway
  • Hannah Loughlin, Lead Product Designer, Avid
  • Lindsay Stewart, CEO, Stringr (highly commended)

Judges

  • Nicki Fisher, Sales Director, Clear-Com (Chair)
  • Katie Nykanen, Chief Technology Officer, Adstream
  • Katie Ketchum, Director of Product Management for Media Composer at Avid
  • Simon Browne, VP Product Management at Clear-Com

Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award, sponsored by EditShare, recognises women who are industry newcomers, with four years or less industry experience, but who are considered as stand-out performers, innovators and emerging leaders in the broadcast & media industry. Nominees have demonstrated exceptional and ongoing achievements and have made significant and demonstrable contributions to their business.

Winner

Gabriella Luck, Trainee Technical Support Engineer (ITV News), ITV Tyne Tees & Border

Shortlisted

  • Sophia Hazari, Transmission Lead, Discovery
  • Sarah Thorp, Project Manager (Test), Red Bee Media

Judges

  • Charlotte Wheeler, Event Director, Media Production & Technology Show (Chair)
  • Kerry Shreeve, Snr Director of Technology Operations, Discovery Inc
  • Paul Robson, Owner & MD, Medialease
  • Sally Pacy, Owner, Fifty Fifty Post Production
  • Marina Kalkanis, CEO, M2A Media
  • Ian Wagdin, Snr Technology Transfer Manager, BBC

Sales Award

The Sales Award, sponsored by Telstra, celebrates excellence in sales; from great sales performance, showing initiative and creativity, as well as maintaining great customer relationships. Shortlisted nominees all excel in a sales role in the broadcast industry working, either for a manufacturer, service provider, broadcaster, media publisher or trade show.

Winner

Eunice Park, VP, Global Sales & Revenue, Zixi

Shortlist

  • Paloma Santucci, Regional Director, LATAM, Accedo
  • Kathleen Skinski, General Manager, Broadcast and Media, Planar Systems

Judges

  • Anna Lockwood, Head of Global Sales, Telstra Broadcast Services (Chair)
  • Ruchita Misra, Senior Sales Director Sports and Media, Telstra
  • Roberta Cambio, Senior Account Director, Brightcove
  • Will Munkara-Kerr, Country Manager ANZ, Ateme 

Technical Operations Award

The Technical Operations Award, sponsored by Ross Video, celebrates a technical operations team member who has gone above and beyond the requirements of their day-to-day role to make a difference, whether it’s delivering outstanding client service on a particular project or service line, resolving a difficult problem or supporting a colleague or client to help achieve this.

Winner

Kerry Shreeve, VP of Technology Operations, Discovery

Shortlist

  • Fiona Burton, Head of Post Production and Engineering EMEA, A+E Networks
  • Fiona Simons, VP, Production Operations, Discovery

Judges

  • Tim Marshall, Chair, RTS Thames Valley (Chair)
  • Maria Ryan, Operations Transformation Consultant and Leadership Coach
  • Tim Bertioli, SVP, Global Media Operations, Vice Media Group
  • Lesley Johnson, Home Entertainment Director, BBC Studios
  • Ernie Addow, Global Application Manager, Clear-com

Woman of the Year Award

This special award, sponsored by Zixi, has been chosen by the Rise Advisory Board. It celebrates an extraordinary and inspirational woman who has made a significant contribution within her field.

Winner

Sandy Nasseri, CEO and Founder, MelroseINC