Breaking away from outdated, hardware-centric industry models, the BaM Awards® categories are based on IABM’s new industry model, the BaM Content Chain®: from Creator to Consumer. The BaM™ Content Chain describes the industry in the same way that broadcast and media companies themselves think, using the same terminology.
Encouraging innovation for more than 25 years
The BaM Awards® are...
Run by the industry’s only international trade association
Judged by a panel of 40+ non-affiliated, subject experts
Open to everyone exhibiting at IBC Show, Amsterdam
Recognize innovations that deliver real business and creative benefits
Built on the IABM BaM Content Chain® industry model
Worldwide recognition through pre, at show and post event publicity
- Entry to the 2019 IABM BaM Awards® at IBC are open, please click here to submit your entry (clicking this link will take you to the dedicated IABM Awards submission platform. If you have not used this platform then you will need to register an account which is separate to the IABM website account that you use)
- The deadline for entries is Friday 2nd August 2019
- The awards will be presented at our Awards Ceremony (which is FREE to attend) on Saturday 14 September 2019 at IBC in Amsterdam
- Don't worry if your product or service hasn't been announced yet, there is an option on the submission form to list it has embargoed and we wont mention the name of the product/service until the night of the awards presentation
- If you would like to see a sample entry from one of the winners at NAB Show 2019 then please click here (company and product names and references have been removed.)
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
IABM Platinum and Gold members are entitled to two complimentary BaM Awards® entries each year; Start-Up, Silver and Silver 100+ members one complimentary entry per year.
For any additional entries, IABM members will pay £125/€145/$160 (plus VAT where applicable) per entry.
Non IABM Member entry is charged at £185/€215/$240 (plus VAT where applicable) per entry.
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Create covers the process of original acquisition or creation of raw content – live (“real-time”) or recorded, in a studio or in the field and the technology that enables this process. While this naturally includes distinct products such as cameras and accessories, lighting and audio recorders, it also encompasses UGC and social media. Services such as OB/Remote trucks also come into the Create link. While these currently overlap into the Produce link, with the growing trend towards remote production using IP, OBs/Remotes will increasingly be fully described within Create.
Acquisition – cameras, camera accessories, audio acquisition, lighting, social/UGC
Produce encompasses the production process (real-time/live) and post-production (file-based) to create a finished piece of content. The enabling technology that supports Produce includes graphics, audio production, video production and services, production and post-production software – including film transfer, editing, audio post, finishing, VFX and graphics, and services.
Real-Time Production – RT prod graphics, audio production, video production, production services
Manage Production – production software, post-production software
Post-Production – film transfer, editing, audio post, finishing, VFX & graphics, post-production services
Manage defines the aggregation, preparation and management of completed content items ready for distribution. This includes content preparation and services, content and workflow management and orchestration, metadata, and operational analytics – everything from ingest and QC to transcoding; the process of readying content for delivery to the end-user customer.
Manage & Orchestrate – content & workflow management
Prepare – content preparation, content services
Publish covers an ever-growing field as viewing and listening choices continue to expand. It is defined as the playout or publication of content ready for consumers, and its subsequent distribution to reach consumers. Enabling technology for Publish includes linear playout systems, linear playout services, non-linear publishing systems, non-linear publishing services, projectors, large LED screens, protection & encryption, linear distribution & encryption, Cable, IPTV, satellite, terrestrial distribution, and internet distribution.
Linear Playout – linear playout systems, linear playout services
Non-Linear Publishing – non-linear publishing systems, non-linear publishing services
Venue Exhibition – projectors, large LED screens
Content Production – protection & encryption
Linear Distribution – distribution & encryption, Cable, IPTV, satellite, terrestrial distribution
Internet Distribution – internet distribution
Managing business processes for content rights and royalties, scheduling linear and non-linear services, and selling and managing advertising.
Example Products and Services
Broadcast management systems including scheduling, traffic, and rights and royalties tools. Advertising, including addressable and programmatic. Data aggregation and analysis.
The final link in the content chain – and the force that ultimately powers it – Consume defines all the touchpoints with the end-consumer of the content. Examples include a consumer-facing app that makes content recommendations and captures consumer data.
User Experience – identity management, UI & UX, apps and platforms
Connect defines the infrastructure, connectivity and bandwidth used to move content within and between facilities. This includes intra-facility connectivity, inter-facility connectivity, video interfacing & conversion, audio interfacing & conversion, and file & object delivery.
Provide Access and bandwidth connectivity
Real-Time Transfer – intra-facility connectivity, inter-facility connectivity, video interfacing & conversion, audio interfacing & conversion
File transfer – file & object delivery
Every process in the chain also needs access to storage, whether it’s raw content, work-in-progress, completed projects or archived content. This includes VTRs & DVRs, video servers, portable storage, on-premise storage, and cloud storage.
Real-Time Storage – VTR’s & DVR’s, video servers
File & Object Storage – portable storage, on-premise storage, cloud storage
The Support link encompasses the supporting capabilities used across the content supply chain to monitor and secure content and run operations. This includes video and audio monitoring, system monitoring, test & measurement, communications, cyber-security and protection, on-premise compute, cloud compute, facility hardware, implementation services, and rental services.
Video monitors, intercom, compute power, cybersecurity, software development
Monitor, Control Comms – video monitoring, audio monitor, system monitoring, test & measurement, communications
Secure – access, protect
Compute – on-premise compute, cloud compute
Design Build Run – facility hardware, implementation services, rental services
PROJECT, COLLABORATION OR EVENT
Applicable for projects, events, team collaborative efforts, products, systems or services not covered by the above nine categories.
BaM Award Winners from NAB Show 2019
TIPS FROM THE JUDGES
We recently hosted a webinar with 4 of our judges where we asked them what their top tips and recommendations are for submissions. Click the link above to watch the webinar.
MAXIMIZE YOUR CHANCES OF SUCCESS
Each year our judges must review more than 150 entries, many allocated to multiple categories, so it’s important your application stands out from the crowd!
Make it count - There is rarely enough time for our judges to research applications beyond what they receive from you. They are specialists, so they may know something about your submission, but they may not if it is new or significantly updated. So, what you put in the application will make the difference, they have nothing else on which to make a judgement.
Remember the judging criteria - “These awards recognize products, projects and services that, in the view of the judging panel, offer significant benefits or new opportunities to the industry.” And “Judging will be based on the perceived industry impact within the chosen category, in terms of end user benefit, value for money, innovation, implementation, performance or new opportunities created.” Your application must highlight and clarify to the judges how your product, project or service achieves these criteria.
Avoid marketing speak - The judges are looking to see beyond the two extremes of marketing superlatives and deep specifications or technical details. Rarely does a website “cut and paste” or press release impress and a page of detailed technical specifications rarely adds value.
Choose the correct categories - One of the most common mistakes is to choose the wrong categories or just select the first in the list. The judges only work on their chosen categories, it’s your responsibility to choose the categories that will work best for you. Applying to an irrelevant category is a wasted application!
Can’t find a suitable category? - Then consider “Project, collaboration, event or alternative product/service”.
Innovation is not always a product or service. It may be a project, a system, a collaboration or workflow innovation for example. Or if your product does not fit the other nine categories, then this category is here for you!