2022 Rise Awards Celebrate Exceptional Women in the Media Technology Industry

Awards celebrates winners from Australia, Belgium, Bhutan, US and UK

London, UK – 30 November 2022 – Rise, the award-winning advocacy group for gender diversity in the media technology sector, is proud to announce the winners for the 2022 Rise Awards, which were presented tonight, in partnership with BT Sport and Timeline TV. More than 250 guests attended the sold-out event to celebrate the achievements of this year’s winners and nominees. The ceremony was also streamed globally on Rise’s YouTube channel.

Over 300 nominations were received from around the globe, citing the talents and achievements of inspirational women working in a variety of media technology roles. This year, Rise introduced three new awards; Ally, Business Operations, and Project Management or Delivery.

The winners of the 2022 Rise Awards, and those shortlisted, are:

Ally, sponsored by Vizrt

  • Fernando Küfer, disguise – WINNER
  • Ian Wagdin, BBC R&D
  • Kike Garcia Gil, Source Elements
  • Kris Langbridge, Amazon Web Services
  • Shola Aminu, DAZN

Business, sponsored by Live U

  • Nyema Zam, Samuh Mediatech – WINNER
  • Bleuenn Le Goffic, Accedo
  • Camilla James, Techex
  • Daniella Weigner, Cinegy
  • Heather Dower, Hotdrop
  • Jade Kurian, latakoo
  • Mitzi Dominguez, Clear-Com

Business Operations, sponsored by Christy Media Solutions

  • Jane Sung, Cinedeck – WINNER
  • Amanda Wall, Take 1
  • Lainey Scott-Campbell, Red Bee Media
  • Madeline LaRue, Deluxe
  • Shivani Kochhar, Warner Bros. Discovery
  • Swapna Nadkarni, Deluxe Entertainment Distribution India Pvt

Company Award for Investment in Women, sponsored by Telstra Broadcast Services

  • Deluxe – WINNER
  • Adobe
  • disguise
  • Qwilt

Influencer, sponsored by Bitmovin

  • Sarah Essoof, Engage Digital Partners – WINNER
  • Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Megan Wagoner, Vimond

Marketer/PR, sponsored by disguise

  • Lauren Carter-Jones, Broadcast Tech & Sport Group – WINNER
  • Lauren Myers, Ross Video
  • Sophie Light-Wilkinson, Bitmovin
  • Yaya Selva, Net Insight
  • Zoe Mumba, Bitmovin

Product Innovation, sponsored by Clear-Com

  • Floriane Magera, EVS – WINNER
  • Alice Risholt, Codemill
  • Carolin Schramm, ARRI Solutions
  • Karen Robinson, Clear-Com
  • Lucy Seaborne, Grass Valley

Project Management or Delivery, sponsored by Grass Valley

  • Chrissie Collins, EMG – WINNER
  • Katie Brand,  BT Media and Broadcast
  • Mallory Larsen, Deluxe
  • Natasha London, Red Bee Media
  • Niki Whittle, disguise

Production Support Engineer, sponsored by Blackmagic Design

  • Markela Deverikou, NEP UK – WINNER
  • Hannah Pickford, Gravity Media
  • Kathleen Gray, NEP UK
  • Kirsty Elliot, Timeline Television

R&D Engineer, sponsored by Ateliere Creative Technologies

  • Jigyasa Grover, Twitter – WINNER
  • Emma Young, BBC
  • Eva Sandén-Westberg Net Insight
  • Zineb Agyo, Ateme

Rising Star, sponsored by Avid

  • Maddie Holmes, EMG – WINNER
  • Beth Harper, Object Matrix
  • Emily Phillips, DAZN
  • Sarah Ambrose, Timeline Television
  • Susan Lim, Techtel Pty

Sales, sponsored by Harmonic

  • Sandra Hernandez, Ross Video – WINNER
  • Jiyon Hahn, Harmonic
  • Nicola Milburn, PHABRIX
  • Rebecca Knight, disguise
  • Roberta Cambio, Brightcove

Student of the Year Award sponsored by SMPTE

  • Kai Randles, Global Academy – WINNER
  • Deepa Bhat, Humber College
  • Gemma Nash, Global Academy
  • Lia Saunders, Ravensbourne University London

Technical Operations, sponsored by Ross Video

  • Pippa Windus, Telstra Broadcast Services – WINNER
  • Chere Johnson, Encompass
  • Gemma Whalley, BBC News
  • Hannah Marsh, Picture Shop North
  • Sarita Marchena, Red Bee Media

The Woman of the Year Award, sponsored by Zixi, was announced prior to the event; the winner, Daniella Weigner, co-founder, and Managing Director, Cinegy GmbH, received her award at the ceremony. The award recognises Daniella’s significant contribution within her field and her incredible work to support Cinegy’s staff and their loved ones severely impacted by the war in Ukraine.

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A Special Recognition Award was presented to Mitzi Dominguez, CEO, Clear-Com and President, HME at the ceremony for her incredible, continued determination and commitment to creating a more diverse and supportive environment for women in our industry.

Andy Beale, Co-Founder of Rise Up Academy and Head of Engineering and Innovation at BT Sport, said, “The Rise Awards shine an important light on the invaluable contributions made by women in the industry, and serve to inspire younger women as we move towards a more gender balanced workforce.” 

Daniel McDonnell, CEO, Timeline TV, said, “We are proud to co-host this year’s Rise Awards, honouring remarkable women for their work in the broadcast media technology sector and celebrating their outstanding achievements.”

Sadie Groom, Founder, and Co-Director, Rise, said “A big warm congratulations to all of our winners and those shortlisted for this year’s awards ceremony. The calibre of talented women in our industry from across the globe is truly extraordinary and it was wonderful to celebrate the achievements of so many inspirational women at this amazing ceremony.”

For more information about Rise and the Awards, please visit https://risewib.com/awards/

About Rise

Rise was formed in 2017 to support and promote women working in the non-craft part of the broadcast industry in operations, engineering, sales, marketing, and business. Since its conception, Rise has grown to become a global network hosting events at Broadcast Asia, IBC, and NAB. In Spring 2019, Rise won the National Women’s Mentoring Award at the National Mentoring Awards. 

Rise’s six-month mentoring programme is designed to support women working in, or aspiring to work in, the UK’s broadcast technology sector. Its mission is to raise the profile of women within the sector, to encourage younger women to join or feel that they can progress and break the glass ceiling, to work with manufacturers to highlight the issues and help them to promote a diverse workforce, as well as to work with industry associations to gain traction and give credence, and to become a platform for smaller groups or individuals wanting to promote female diversity and to support groups promoting other diversities.

Rise has also launched Rise Up Academy, a programme of school workshops delivered throughout the UK to inspire children throughout their primary and secondary education. Crucially, it will enable industry to remain in contact with students and encourage them to consider a broadcast engineering apprenticeship or degree when they reach this level. With universities struggling to recruit both male and female talent in broadcast engineering related courses, the industry is increasingly facing recruitment shortfalls across the whole sector.

Rise has been working with universities and key industry partners to investigate and address the lack of new talent entering the broadcast technology sector, specifically engineering and technical operational roles. www.risewib.com

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