SVG Europe celebrates winners of Sport Production Awards 2018

(L to R) Ken Aagaard, Blazej Klacansky (Canon), Barry Johnstone, Peter Angell at the Sport Production Awards (image credit: Erik Verheggen Fotografie /

Last Thursday (13 September) saw SVG Europe honour the recipients of the Sport Production Awards, the ceremony for which took place after the Sport Production Summit at the DeLaMar theatre, Amsterdam. 

The Sport Production Awards – which were sponsored for the fourth year running by Canon – were presented by IMG SVP Global Director of Engineering & Technology and SVG Europe chairman David Shield, and Senior Vice President – Media Production at Lagardère Sports and former SVG Europe chairman Peter Angell.

The winners of the 2018 awards were as follows:

Outstanding Technical Achievement, Audio: NEP Netherlands – 2018 Winter Olympics

Outstanding Technical Achievement, Graphics: BBC Sport – FIFA 2018 World Cup

Outstanding Technical Achievement, Imaging: FIFA TV – FIFA 2018 World Cup

Outstanding Live Achievement: FIFA TV – FIFA 2018 World Cup

Outstanding Achievement, Digital: Formula 1 – F1 Esports

In addition, CTV OB chairman Barry Johnstone received this year’s Outstanding Contribution to European Sports Broadcasting Award. A much-admired figure throughout the broadcast industry, Johnstone has been a stalwart of sports and music production since the 1980s.

Johnstone received his award from long-standing industry friend, CBS Sports EVP, Innovation and New Technology, and SVG Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame chairman Ken Aagaard.

Regrettably, due to time issues at the venue, it was not possible to run the video that had been specially created to mark Johnstone’s honour. This will be uploaded to the SVG Europe YouTube channel in the coming days, and linked to from the newsletter and website.

More than 500 people attended the SVG Europe Sport Production Summit and Sport Production Awards, making them the most popular events in SVG Europe’s history.

“Congratulations to all our speakers, award winners and delegates for making these two events our biggest and best yet. We look forward to sharing our plans for the 2019 Sport Production Summit and Awards in due course,” says SVG Europe general manager Joe Hosken.

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