SVG Europe Women in Sports Media Initiative event an outstanding success

UNESCO director of media, Mirta Lourenco, speaking to Lise Cosimi-Breant, chief of external relations at HBS

Women from across the media broadcast industry turned up the evening of Wednesday 13 December at the Digital Television Group (DTG) headquarters in London to listen to inspiring women and discuss the issues they face in the sports marketplace today. Attendees from a wide range of businesses from IMG Premier League Productions to Sky and Dolby came along, as well as attendees who had flown in from Paris for the event.

The evening began with an introduction to SVG Europe and the Women in Sports Media Initiative from Heather McLean, SVG Europe contributing editor and internal lead on the initiative. Lise Cosimi-Breant, chief of external relations at Host Broadcast Services, then spoke about the initiative and how she feels this industry needs to help the women within it today.

Next up, Cosimi-Breant conducted an insightful discussion with UNESCO director of media, Mirta Lourenco, about how her career took her from Argentina to the UN. The conversation then opened up into a forum with attendees speaking about how they see the state of women in broadcast today, the existence (or not) of a glass ceiling for women, and the need for networking and support from women, to other women.

Jennifer Angell, director of international project services for broadcast at VER, then interviewed Eva Spit, a successful OB engineer at CTV Outside Broadcast, on how she got into engineering and how she is moving ahead with her career.

Finally, the DTG’s Ranjeet Kaur, who comes from an engineering background and is now head of product testing at the DTG, spoke about the trajectory of her career progression and experience in a senior position amongst a male-dominated industry.

Tim Frost, SVG Europe’s audience and digital development manager, who passed away the previous weekend, was remembered for his help in bringing this event together.

The intimate event continued with networking and wine, and discussions on how to take the initiative forward. Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive, with all stating they were looking forward to the next one.

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