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Connies 2018: shortlist announced

Connies 2018: shortlist announced

Mediatel is delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2018 Connies Awards.

The Connies brings together the established UK Connected Consumer Awards from Mediatel and the internationally based Connected TV Awards from Videonet, now part of Mediatel Events.

More than ever they recognise innovation and the emerging best practice from across all sectors of the media landscape, showcasing initiatives that meet the needs of leading media businesses and practitioners in delivering value to the connected consumer.

The shortlist for both the UK and international categories - which will both celebrate a Grand Prix winner during a prestigious ceremony on 8 May - are as follows:

Best Research Project Initiative

Autotrader - The Car Buyers Report
Ipsos - Titus Andronicus
ITV & Channel 4: Project Firefly
the7stars - Pop Goes the Filter Bubble
the7stars - Untangling the Fairy Lights
VCCP and The Guardian - Debunking the myths of Gen Z

Connected Campaign of the Year

Channel 4 - Alien Covenant-Audio Personalisation
Facebook - Paddington 2: Spreading Joy, and Marmalade
Posterscope - A Very Black Friday

Best User Experience - Beyond TV & Video

Freeview Play at Digital UK - Freeview Play
Netgem UK – Netgem Soundbox
SoftAtHome - Personal Assistant

Best Use of Connected Technology

Channel 4 - Audio Personalisation Adverts: a world first
Primesight - Revolutionising Public Connectivity
Vewd - Vewd Core with HbbTV 2.0.1

Best Use of Connected Data

Channel 4 - Audio Personalisation Adverts: a world first
Exterion Media and TfL
Global - DAX & Co
Facebook - Facebook & EE
ITV and Channel 4 - Project Firefly
Rezonence - Targeting pole position for data enrichment
Sky - Sky Mobile TV Evaluation

Connected Agency of the Year

All Response Media
Total Media

Connected Media Owner of the Year

Channel 4

International shortlist

The Best TV/Video Service Update or Launch

Freeview Australia - Freeview Plus
Com Hem - Com Hem TV Hub
TVPlayer - TVPlayer Network PVR Recording Feature

Contribution to User Experience – TV & Video

Accedo - Magenta Musik
Net Insight AB - Live sport enthusiasts experiencing the future of television
Media Distillery - Next Generation Replay Experience
Utelly - Cross-Services Smart Watchlist
Medialaan and Yospace - Non-Linear Startover with Dynamic Ad Insertion
XITE - Personalised Music Television

Video Technology Hero

3SS - 3READY Android STB + Multiscreen Solution
Accedo - Accedo One
Harmonic - EyeQ Content-Aware Encoding Solution
Massive Interactive - Massive AXIS
SoftAtHome - Programmatic TV
Verimatrix - Federated Rights Management

Chair of the judges and director of Chartroom, Mark Cross, said: “We were delighted by the range and depth of entries for the Connies this year. They act as a great barometer on the quality and increasing mix of talent, skills and capability in our industry that at best, produce truly remarkable results.

"The Judges were put to the test by all but congratulations goes those who made the shortlists, your entries were exceptional.”

Meanwhile, John Moulding, editor-in-chief of Videonet, added: “This year’s International categories contain important ‘firsts’ and products with the potential to completely change the way we do things in television.

"Even after a decade of hyper-disruption and technology change, the rate of innovation is still impressive in this market.”

Previous winners of the Connies include RhythmOne, Freeview Australia, Channel 4, Sky Media, Facebook, Youview, Harmonic and VCCP Media.

For full details on how to book a table and to see the list of judges, please visit the dedicated website.

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