The third annual Content Innovative Awards saw leading companies such as National Geographic, Vice Media, Endemol Shine and ITV Studios winning big.
The glamorous event at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes saw over 200 guests from all parts of the TV content and technology industries joining together to celebrate the most innovative and game-changing firms on the international stage.
Winners of the content categories included National Geographic Europe, which took home the Best Series Launch award for drama-doc Mars and Factual TV Project of the Year gong for Leonardio DiCaprio doc Before the Flood.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment also bagged a pair of awards, taking home the titles for Breakout International Drama for Victoria and Entertainment Format of the Year for Love Island, which was subsequently commissioned this morning by TV4 in Sweden.
Vice’s push into linear TV was rewarded with the nod for Channel of the Year, specifically for Viceland UK, while Viceland International took home the Best New Venture award.
Elsewhere, Barcroft Media’s Barcroft TV won the YouTube Award and ChannelSculptor’s MENA.TV Content Hub pulled off a surprise to take home the Best Distribution Initiative trophy. Starz Play was among two winners of the OTT TV Service of the Year award, as it was tied with DAZN.
TBI and our sister title Digital TV Europe would like to thank all those who took part, host Clemency Burton-Hill, and to our sponsors, who helped make the night an overwhelming success.
The full list of the winners can be found below
Advanced TV Innovation of the Year
Winner: YouView TV for YouView
Best Distribution Initiative
Winner: ChannelSculptor for MENA.TV Content Hub
Best New Venture
Winner: VICE Media for Viceland International
Best Series Launch of the Year
Winner: National Geographic Europe for Mars
Breakout International Drama
Winner: ITV Studios Global Entertainment for Victoria
Channel of the Year
Winner: VICE Media for Viceland UK
Consumer Premises Equipment Innovation of the Year
Winner: Netgem for SoundBox
Entertainment Format of the Year
Winner: ITV Studios Global Entertainment for Love Island
Factual TV Project of the Year
Winner: National Geographic Europe for Before The Flood
Next Gen Advertising Award
Winner: BT Sport and Yospace for Dynamic Ad Insertion for BT Sport
OTT TV Service of the Year
Winners: DAZN and Starz Play
OTT TV Technology of the Year
Winner: IBM for Content Enrichment
The Multiscreen TV Award
Winner: ACCESS for ACCESS Twine for Reliance Jio Infocomm’s Jio Lifestyle
The Social Engagement Award
Winner: BBC Drama for Sherlock Live
The UX Award
Winner: TiVo for Conversation Services
The YouTube Award
Winner: Barcroft Media for Barcroft TV
TV Service Innovation of the Year
Winner: Conviva for Precision
UHD Initiative of the Year
Winner: CC-Lab for Isle of Wight Festival 2017
Virtual Reality Initiative
Winner: Sky Italia for The Sistine Chapel – an incredible VR experience
Virtual Reality Sports Experience
Winner: Orange for Holotennis
Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Christina Jennings, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Shaftesbury
International Content Leader of the Year
Winner: Cathy Payne, Chief Executive Officer, Endemol Shine International