Video: Secrets of implementing successful technology projects

We all know projects can spiral out of control and technology projects where small technical issues can become critical path blockers as much as the many stakeholders who have to be brought along for the ride are prime candidates for delays, overruns and even failure.

In this IBC session, project leaders are brought together to share what they’ve learnt from their disasters and successes. Moderator, Robert Ambrose, kicks things off asking Jim Dobel what he got out of his involvement in ‘the highest profile project disaster in the industry’, referring, of course, to the BBC DMI Project

DAZN’s Caroline Ewerton explains the rationale for her successfully delivered recent project deploying a virtual production facility for the streaming giant. TF1 follows on outlining their current raft of transformational projects which touch nearly all parts of the broadcast chain, concluding that people and expertise are the main bottlenecks whereby one person holds up a project because they are the only people who know the needed information.

Jim reveals that a lot of his work now is being done in the boardroom helping companies understand their desires to work in an agile way, both in terms of Agile principles and being able to adapt and change quickly. This speed of working, Caroline asserts, focusses the mind on KPI’s first and foremost rather than them being an secondary part of a project.

Involving the users as part of the project is key to efficiency, according to Thomas Jacques. TF1 includes a strong training programme as part of the change process to ensure that all staff have full information about how their work will change at the same time as having the opportunity to upskill themselves too. Jim agrees with this approach and endorses sharing facts not optimism with staff as part of a project.

The panel then picks up on the difference between projects which solve day-to-day projects which often come from visits to shows like IBC where someone can find a solution to a problem. But for wide-scale transformational projects in broadcasters, this needs to be led from the top with Thomas underlining that in any project, this is very helpful.

The session comes to a close discussing the need to have technology at the heart of projects, leading projects with managed service providers, convincing people to believe in the project and be part of the change.

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Caroline Ewerton Caroline Ewerton
Head of Operational Delivery,
Jim Dobel Jim Dobel
Thomas Jacques Thomas Jacques
Chief Technology Officer,
TF1 le Groupe
Robert Ambrose Robert Ambrose
Managing Consultant,
High Green Media

Video: Encoding efficiencies and techniques

Ed Silvester heads up video R&D at Perform Group, since rebranded to DAZN (pronounced ‘dah zone’) so he’s just the man to talk us through the business aspects of encoding. Anchoring the conversation in the times that black and white TV changed to colour, Ed looks at the challenges DAZN have in creating an innovative platform with backwards compatability.

Ed considers whether the industry should DIET, shedding some older technologies (watch the talk to find out what DIET stands for). And raises some questions about how the industry should deal with platforms ending, scaling and compatibility.

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For more detail on codecs, watch Ian Trow’s talk also from the Northern Waves conference.


Ed Silvester Ed Silvester
Head of Video R&D,
DAZN (AKA Perform Group)

Video: Beyond Netflix: How specialist streaming services can compete against global players

From the IBC 2018 conference, a discussion on how to compete against Netflix and the other global players. We hear from Britbox, Filmstruck, DAZN, ErosNow their ways of differentiating. Exclusive content rights is a key element in the strategy, but innovating around technical challenges is necessary to make it in the fray.

When the global players have to be everything to everybody, what gaps in her need does this leave? DAZN’s Chief Product Officer Ben Lavender explains their sports rights strategy and how they ensure sustainability. DAZN are constantly fighting to reduce latency. Ben describes the work they’ve done over the years to reduce latency by a third.

Ali Hussein gives us the Indian perspective whilst Soumya Siraman explains why the British experience of Britbox is a hit with her US customers. Kerensa Samanidis makes the point that FilmStruck’s ‘quality cinema’ principle will mean different things in different countries.

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Soumya Sriraman Soumya Sriraman
Kerensa Samanidis Kerensa Samanidis
General Manager
Filmstruck (Turner)
Ben Lavender Ben Lavender
Chief Product Officer
Ali Hussein Ali Hussein


Maureen Kerr Maureen Kerr
Managing Director TMT Group, Corporate Finance
FTI Consulting