IGBS are honoured to have been shortlisted, in partnership with World RugbyTM, in the ‘Outstanding Production Achievement – Event’ category at the SVG Europe TV Awards for the coverage of the Rugby World Cup Japan 2019™.

World Rugby internalised the broadcast with a dedicated HB for the first time at last autumn’s edition of the tournament. Standards were raised beyond previous editions with a production plan that introduced new features and an offering to broadcasters that gave them considerably more content, services and formats.

Several firsts were introduced for rugby’s showpiece event, such as the multi-feeds concept, while enhanced graphics, increased ENG coverage, a social media production plan and access to a Media Server storing content allowed rights holders to tailor a never before seen view of the Rugby World Cup. Furthermore, Canon’s Free Viewpoint system allowed 3D replays from any angle and brought audiences closer to the action.

“Looking at the strong field of contenders in this category it is a privilege to be among the nominees. The list shows what a strong year 2019 was for sports broadcast and the work that World Rugby and IGBS put in together to bring the Rugby World Cup to viewers ensured that some of the most breathtaking images and memories of the year came from Japan,” stated Graham Fry, IGBS Chairman.

World Rugby Chief Operating Officer and Head of Rugby World Cup Alan Gilpin added: “The decision to take the broadcast ‘in house’ with a dedicated Host Broadcaster for the first time was rewarded with a high quality production in partnership with IGBS. This achievement is testament to the passion, talent and dedication of our staff and partners involved in the delivery of what will be remembered as one of the greatest Rugby World Cups of all time.

The SVG Europe TV Awards will take place in an online awards ceremony, premiering on YouTube and the SVG Europe Awards website at 17:00 on 27 May 2020.

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