IBC continues to grow in stature as a must-visit event for professionals from all over the world who are interested in the whole breadth of electronics communication. IBC2007 saw over 1,300 exhibiting from 130 countries to an audience exceeding 46,000. This year we look forward to welcoming more and more visitors and providing them with all the information they need for the coming years decision-making.
This year we look forward to delivering the first transatlantic high definition stereoscopic 3D broadcast using technology enabled by 3Ality Digital. The live link, to be held on Sunday evening at 18:10 in the Big Screen Auditorium will see Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation SKG and winner of this year’s IBC International Honour for Excellence, being interviewed by Elizabeth Daley, Professor and Dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
On receiving the IHFE award, Mr. Katzenberg said: “I am thrilled to be among the distinguished list of recipients to have received an International Honor for Excellence. At DreamWorks Animation, we aim to create and deliver quality and innovative entertainment for family audiences across the globe and I am very grateful to the IBC for acknowledging our efforts in this area. As we enter the year of 3D, I have never experienced a more dynamic and exciting time within the film industry than right now. Thank you for this honor.”
And speaking of Big Screen experience, courtesy of Warner Bros International, Walden Media & New Line Cinema, Academy Award-winning visual effects veteran Eric Brevig will be joining us to introduce his big screen directorial debut Journey to the Center of the Earth - in 3D, the first live action, narrative motion picture to be shot in digital 3D. Eric will lead a Q & A after the screening. The Monday night movie begins at 18:15 in the Auditorium.
And it doesn’t just end there; IBC will showcase performances from Queen - Rock Montreal, an all time finest live performance courtesy of SkyArts to be screened digitally. Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, author, poet and multi-instrumentalist, Van Morrison, who is widely considered one of the most influential artists in the entire history of rock and roll will be performing live in a special BBC4 session, commencing at 18:15 on Friday so ensure you make your way to the Auditorium to grab a seat!
Super hit, NHK’s Super Hi-Vision will also take the next stage beyond HD with an image resolution of 7680 pixels on 4320 lines and an immersive 22.2 channel surround sound system. BBC UK and RAI Italy will be bringing live pictures and pre-recorded content from remote locations into the demonstration theatre. Visitors to IBC will be able to experience Super Hi-Vision in a specially built theatre, near hall 8, featuring a 20-minute cycle throughout the exhibition opening hours.
Complimenting the conference programme are its theme days. Each of the five theme days includes tutorials, presentations, panels and workshops, comprehensively tackling a subject’s issues from every angle.
Beginning from Thursday, the themes will cover personalised content over the web; future broadcast businesses and the changing audience; the digital dividend and the battle for bandwidth; production and protection of all types of content including the latest HD formats; and driven by recent significant developments, digital cinema, new standards and the big screen.
Previous IBC International Honour for Excellence award winner (John Tucker award), Leonardo Chiariglione will be chairing the IBC conference keynote for 2008, discussing The future of broadcasting: riding innovation or being swamped by it? (Friday, 11:30-13:00, Forum) With the support of many hundreds of companies, Chiariglione founded and chaired the Moving Picture Experts Group, which created and continues to create, such standards. The session offers a broad range of interesting views on the effects of innovation on broadcasting and the industry outlook.
Friday morning at 09:30 in the forum, IABM’s CEO Roger Stanwell will present the keynote on Technology and capital investments driving future business successes?
On Saturday, Glenn Kennel, VP/GM Feature Film, Laser Pacific Media Corp, USA will be attending, Masterclass - out on the dynamic range: why has digital not killed film off yet?
Throughout IBC, there will be various mini conferences taking place hosted by other bodies, including the MPEG Industry Forum (Thursday, 10:00-13:00, 14:00-17:30, room A), Digital cinema postproduction workshop - in association with EDCF/SMPTE (Sunday, 16:00-18:00, room L), Back to the future: archiving and restoration - in association with FIAT (Monday, 09:30-11:00, room A) IET tutorial in association with WorldDMB (Monday, 11:30-13:00, room A) and European Digital Cinema Forum open meeting (Tuesday, 09:30-13:00, room A)
A popular added-value feature of IBC What Caught My Eye returns once again, in which experts in the field track down the latest technology on the exhibition floor, which starts Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 onwards in Room A.
The latest edition to the Business Briefings is Digital Signage, to be launched on Friday 12 September at 09:30, room A. Miya Knights, editor of Retail Technology will be attending in chairing the opening panel. The weekend concludes with IPTV (Saturday) and Mobile TV (Sunday) at 09:30 also taking place in room A throughout the day.
With the digital signage industry predicting extreme growth over the coming years, IBC2008 will also feature the debut of the Digital Signage Zone, with key exhibitors taking part (outside room A). The Mobile and IPTV Zone (hall 12) will once again be showcasing the latest advances in technology and applications, further demonstrating future opportunities.
Don’t forget Sunday night is awards night. Leading the celebrations will be the winners of IBC’s four Awards for Innovation, honouring the partnerships between suppliers and users, which put technology into real, creative, commercial service. This year’s finalists range from a multi-platform IP delivery network to a teen concert movie – contenders as broad as the reach of IBC. The prestigious IBC Awards ceremony begins with a champagne reception in the Onyx Lounge from 18:15 onwards.
And one for the books, The New Technology Campus has been moved to its new location-hall 12E. As you will know, the NTC provides authors of conference papers to demonstrate their latest innovations. Amongst many, one of the highlights of this year is the demonstration by Nagoya University on its Free-viewpoint television.
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