Game Changers

2017 IABM Game Changer Awards (presented at NAB Show Las Vegas) – Deadline extended for entries

Submit your nomination here

Deadline Extended to March 30 2017

A unique opportunity for suppliers to drive awareness of their brand and innovation, and increase booth traffic at the show.

Presented at NAB Show Las Vegas every year the IABM Game Changer Awards have become one of the industry’s most sought after accolades thanks to their expert, independent judging panel, comprised of more than 40 technology specialists drawn from every area of the broadcast and media industry. IABM awards are seen by both shortlisted entrants and winners as a valuable vehicle for raising awareness of new products, and cutting through the noise to attract potential buyers.
The awards are spread across nine categories based on IABM’s recognized market segmentation as used in the IABM DC Global Market Valuation and Strategy report, with an extra category to cater for submissions that are outside this remit. These are:

  • Audio
  • Acquisition & Production
  • Post Production
  • Content & Communication Infrastructure
  • Storage
  • System Automation & Control
  • Playout & Delivery
  • Test, Quality Control & Monitoring
  • Services
  • Project, Event or alternative product/service

Click here to learn how to optimise your application (includes further details on each category)

Click here to view the 2017 Game Changer Awards Rules and Conditions

Click here for an application form guide

Click here to view the 2016 winners

Shortlisted entrants are notified two weeks prior to the NAB Show Las Vegas, where final judging and presentation to the winners will take place on April 25 at the Annual IABM Game Changer Awards ceremony. 

What are the benefits to companies that enter the IABM Awards? 

“It’s a great validation and it makes broadcasters take notice; ‘let’s take a closer look at this’, they say” - Marc Wilson, Glensound.

“Winning the award has brought a lot more people in to talk to us about the product” - Ed Calverley, Suitcase TV. 

“This last year has been very challenging for many companies in our industry. They have responded magnificently with an array of innovations that have enabled them to get ahead of rapidly changing end-user requirements, so I’m looking forward to receiving a wide range of high quality entries that will give the judges a real headache in producing the shortlist for this year’s Game Changer Awards.” – IABM Director of Strategy and Chair of the judging panel John Ive

2016 Winners

Acquisition & Production

EVS – Xeebra officiating review tool
“In live broadcast infrastructures – especially for the production of sports – technology and workflows need to offer speed, efficiency and reliability. With Xeebra, users benefit from being able to review live content across multiple screens using a dedicated replay controller or a single interface. Xeebra also has uses beyond officiating – for example, reviewing rehearsals and editing previews.”

Post Production

Sony Professional – Media Backbone Hive
“Media Backbone Hive is a significant and unique, end-to-end production system using IT cloud-based technology. This architecture means Media Backbone Hive is truly scalable and cost-effective to implement.”

Content & Communication Infrastructure

Timecode Systems Limited – SyncBac PRO: timecode sync for GoPro
“Commodity technology is everywhere; SyncBac PRO adds the ability to sync timecode and is excellent forethought. SyncBac PRO enables absolutely perfect synchronization of multiple video sources effortlessly.”


BroaMan – Route66
“Route6 has the potential to make audio routing less of a headache. It’s also very important that Route66 works with products from a variety of manufacturers.”


EMC Corporation – Isilon future-proof storage for media workflows
“This is a development of a well-established professional, high performance media storage system, and enables a hybrid approach in migrating to cloud-based storage. EMC’s Isilon recognizes that local high performance storage and remote access via cloud storage will need to co-exist for some time.”

System Automation & Control

Tedial – Version Factory
“Version Factory addresses all the major challenges in building a media workflow. It combines NxN scalability with monitoring and reporting that focuses on operational, technical and business views of the system’s functional operation, capacity, utilization and costs. This is a major accomplishment and a key enabler to address rapidly changing broadcast consumer marketplace needs.”

Playout & Delivery Systems

Sixty – Ease Live
“Ease Live provides a very practical way to enable broadcasters to merge traditional linear channels with interactive functions utilizing existing infrastructure. This will allow local broadcasters to enter this space with their current workflows. Brilliant – a true ‘game changer’.”

Test, Quality Control & Monitoring

Verimatrix – Verspective: aggregation and analysis of video delivery systems
“Verspective brings a new idea to monitoring, in that we’re now looking at the science of information gathered about viewing habits as a new branch of engineering. With an emphasis on security, the data gathered can prove extremely valuable.”


Deluxe Entertainment Services – MediaCloud
“MediaCloud illustrates the benefits of flexibility and speed to ramp up or reduce services as needed, demonstrating a huge shift in how playout services will operate in the future”


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