Whisper produced SailGP wins IBC Award for content creation
Whisper produced SailGP was last night crowned the winner in the content creation category at the IBC Innovation Awards for its ambitious and ground-breaking remote production strategy.
The annual awards, which took place as part of the International Broadcasting Convention Exhibition in Amsterdam, celebrate industry excellence across eight categories.
Since the opening round in Sydney earlier this year, SailGP has delivered an innovative and environmentally considerate solution to provide high-quality, consistent TV coverage of the new, annual global sailing championship. Working with Partners Timeline TV and Oracle, Whisper and Sail GP were able to implement ambitious plans to push the boundaries of remote production and deliver programming into over 100 broadcast territories as well to a complementary, state-of-the-art app.
The remote broadcast strategy enables live world feeds to be fully produced in London, up to 10,000 miles away from where the action is happening. The world feed uses more than 40 video and data sources, including the award-winning LiveLine FX technology for impactful on-screen graphics and 1,200 data points derived from hundreds of sensors placed on the boats and athletes.
Key innovations in this landmark remote production include the integration of super-low latency technologies and the in-house design of bespoke equipment such as IP controlled waterproof cameras.
"We are delighted that the SailGP coverage has been recognised in this way,” said Whisper CEO Sunil Patel. “Working with Timeline TV, Oracle and everyone at SailGP, we have helped create what I believe to be an outstanding product which redefines what is possible with remote production.
“Increasingly more of our clients are looking at remote production as a viable option moving forwards, as they seek to maximise budgets. We are in a fantastic position to help with that. This year we have successfully used remote production as part of our Formula One coverage for Channel 4 and proven that it can still deliver immersive, thrilling programming for the viewers, who would never know that the entire crew was not onsite.”
The final round of SailGP Season 1 takes place this week, beginning on Friday (September 20) and culminating with the $1 million match race finale for the SailGP Championship trophy on Sunday.