The evening proceeded with the award ceremony, celebrating talent across various categories and also including a few special awards. The Hall of Fame was awarded to Gowrishankar from Prime Focus Limited. He is a camera/broadcast expert, and comes with over 25 years of extensive experience in system integration, maintaining, configuring and technically supporting all motion picture cameras and television broadcast.
The Editor’s Choice Rising Star award went to Anant Roongta, MD, Famous Studios, for his recent venture into his family business. Set up in 1946, in pre-Independence India, it was a bold foray into the world of Indian cinema and television, and has now evolved into a canvas for hundreds of artists for creating masterpieces with state-of-the-art equipment and expert technicians. Anant is the third-generation entrepreneur and grandson of the founder of Famous Studios, J B Roongta. Anant takes forward the legacy of his grandfather.
The Editor’s Choice – Outstanding Work in Broadcast award was conferred to K Yegneshwara Iyer, SVP & head of Technology, Times Network, for the company’s hyperbolic growth by the day, and its constant endeavour in bettering the broadcast scene in India. Technology is the foundation of broadcasting, and Iyer has relentlessly spearheaded the advancements in tech-science, to ensure a robust technical silhouette for the company.
The Editor’s Choice – Outstanding Work in VFX award went to Keitan Yadav, COO and VFX producer, redchillies.vfx. Keitan is a renowned name in the industry, especially for his vision and extraordinary VFX skills. He was responsible for the visual effects and post-production for movies like Main Hoon Na, Ra. One, Zero, amongst others, which led him to prove his mettle and earn many an award in the industry.
The Editor’s Choice Special Award was given to veteran cinematographer, Kamalakar Rao, for his contribution to the Indian cinema for over decades. The Editor’s Choice Special Award – Content Category was given to ETV Bharat for building a news production and playout platform at a remarkable scale, for 24 OTT channels in 13 languages, served by 5,000 journalists. The Editor’s Choice – Audio Broadcast, Editor’s Choice – Sound Networking, and Editor’s Choice Special Award was given to Ajayakumar V. V., chief manager, Audio, Asianet Star Communications Pvt Ltd; Sujay Hanje, head, Network Engineering & Broadcast Operations, SPN India; and Pooja Electronics respectively.
This year’s extravaganza boasted of dedicated category awards, adding to last year’s tradition. The categories under which awards were given, included Best National Distributor (Broadcasting) bagged by Ark Infosolutions Pvt Ltd. Cineom Broadcast India Ltd and Sun Broadcast equipments followed as runners-up. Best National Distributor (Production) went to Cineom Broadcast India Ltd, with CDM Technologies & Solutions Pvt Ltd bagging the runner-up.
The Best Regional Distributor (Broadcasting) – North went to Ark Infosolutions Pvt Ltd, with CDM Technologies & Solutions Pvt Ltd following as runner-up. Best Regional Distributor (Broadcasting) – South went to Shaf Broadacst, with Shashi Enterprises following as runner-up. In the eastern region, CDM Technologies & Solutions Pvt Ltd bagged the award. The west saw Sun broadcast equipments winning, with Ideal Broadcasting India Pvt Ltd being the runner-up.