IGBS & World Rugby Victorious at SVG Europe TV Awards


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

RWC 2019 in Japan, the first time the event has been held in Asia, was the most-watched rugby event ever with more than 857 million people around the world watching the action via World Rugby’s network of rights-holding broadcast partners. Cumulative live audience figures grew from 479 million in 2015 to 501 million in 2019 to create a groundbreaking impact for the sport in Asia and around the globe.

It’s a real honour to receive this award, especially for an event that was as special and eventful as this one was,” stated Dan Miodownik, IGBS Executive Producer for the project. “From a broadcast perspective this tournament consisted of a number of firsts, with UHD, multifeeds, a media server, local and virtual IBCs amongst them, all designed to add value to the rights holders broadcast plans and to ease the demands on their operations.

Like rugby, broadcast is a team event, and given the truly challenging circumstances, it would not have been possible without everyone working together. IGBS itself is a partnership between IMG and HBS, as such we would like to thank all our colleagues at IMG, especially Graham Fry and Dave Shield. We also thank our primary technical partners NEP and EVSthe four match directors and their teams for the stunning match coverage, Dentsu for their notable local contribution and Canon for their impressive volumetric content, bringing the new new thing to the party.

Our thanks as well to World Rugby, for the opportunity and the partnership that created so many memories for those on both sides of the camera. Lastly, thank you to SVG and those that voted for us.”

World Rugby internalised the broadcast with a dedicated HB for the first time at last autumn’s edition of the tournament. Marissa Pace, World Rugby’s Chief Marketing Officer, echoed the spirit of partnership that helped to deliver such a memorable event.

We’re so grateful for this award and I’m speaking for huge teams at both World Rugby and the Japanese Organising Committee. Everyone worked tirelessly to put this production together and the output speaks volumes for the creativity, imagination and storytelling that we were able to convey in the broadcasts for Rugby World Cup 2019.

“The directive from our CEO, Brett Gosper and our COO, Alan Gilpin was always clear and that’s to engage the audience in ways we never have before to create new rugby fans, and to capture the imagination of millions around the world who watched in record numbers. We also thank our production partners, IGBS, without whom we could not have accomplished our vision.”

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