In its fifth year, the Awards received triple the amount of applications from all over the World –

London, UK, 18 September 2023 – Rise, the award-winning advocacy group for gender diversity in the broadcast media technology sector, is pleased to announce the shortlist for this year’s Rise Awards, which was first revealed at IBC2023.

With over 300 nominations from across the globe, the shortlist judges saw a stellar selection of women, men and companies across a variety of roles, including Business, R&D Engineers, Production Support, Product Innovation, Marketer/PR, Rising Star, Sales and Technical Operations. The Woman of the Year, sponsored by Zixi, is chosen by the Rise Advisory Board and will be announced at the ceremony. The Student of the Year, sponsored by SMPTE, shortlist will be announced in October 2023.

In partnership with Sky and EMG, the awards ceremony will be held on the 7th November at Troxy in London and streamed live. Also bringing the global event to life will be Cuescript, providing the teleprompting.

Rise Founder, Sadie Groom, said: “We were overwhelmed by the response we had in the fifth year of Rise Awards, with triple the amount of applications we have had in the past. We are grateful for everyone who submitted an entry on the inspiring women in their workplaces and extend big congratulations to all those shortlisted. We all look forward to celebrating amazing women and diversity allies at the 7th of November.”

The shortlist for the 2023 Rise Awards is as follows:

Technical Operations Award – Sponsored by NEP

Ale Gonzalez Galartza – Farmerswife

Bridget Young – Evolutions

Pilar Grandos – Dazn

Morag McIntosh – BBC

Sandy Isnard – Telstra Broadcast Services

Sarah Adams – Sky


Product Innovation Award – Sponsored by Clear-Com

Anais Painchant – Ateme

Hitomi Hamaba – Sony

Kaia Tufteland – Dazn

Kate Vardy & Anna Holligan – The Bike Bureau

Sabine Farnes – Bedrock Streaming

Saskia Hook – Warner Bros Discovery

Teresa Demel – Adobe


Marketing Award

Amber Burke – Clear-Com

Doris Retfalvi – Disguise

Emily Pryor – Base Media Cloud

Leanne Tomlin – Perifery

Lizzie Lawrence – M2a Media

Zoe Mumba – Bitmovin


Influencer Award

Anita Erskine – AE Media

Carina Schoo – Pixotope

Carolyn Giardina – Hollywood Reporter

Chloe Britton – Moov

Laura Davis – The Crewing Company

Niki Whittle – Moov

Ria Hebden – Wonder Woman


Production Support Engineer Award

Anna Masko – Moov

Emily Bergun – Sky

Kathleen Gray – NEP

Suzanne Sharmann – Singular Live

Zoe Mendelson – Sky


Business Leader Award – Sponsored by LiveU

Charlotte Layton – Racoon Post

Claire Wilkie – Limitless Broadcast

Hannah Barnhardt – TMT Insights

Idunn Sofie Riise – Zille Media

Rebekah Wilson – Source Elements

Shannan Louis – Fatbelly VFX


Sales Award

Alexandra Giusto – Zixi

Helen Jeffrey – NEP Connect

Katri Sillaste – TV3 Group Estonia

Melissa Davis – Evertz

Stacey Moorcroft – Ross Video


Student of the Year Award – Sponsored by SMPTE

Esme Murphy – Global Academy

Jess Mcmahon – Global Academy

Nikoletta Kallipoliti – Marketing Intern

Rochelle Karabulut – Global Academy

Sophie Humphrey – Solent University


Rising Star Award – Sponsored by Harmonic

Eileen Kennedy-Macdonald – Ross Video

Emily Bergun – Sky

Hollie Keen – BT Media & Broadcast

Holly Choules – Zest 4 Tv

Jeremina Akrofi-Daniels – Nep Bow Tie

Lauryn Fuller – Moov

Ray Kasprzyk – Evertz

Shola Russell – EMG

Sophie Kreeshaw – Sky


R&D Engineer Award – Sponsored by ROSS

Caileen Dolan – Ross Video

Francesca Pieri – Red Bee Media

Manassa Vemulapati – Sky Uk

Natalia Lira – Accedo

Sailaja Vaddadi – Red Bee Media

Swetha Sidhar – BSI/NEP


Ally of the Year Award – Sponsored by Vizrt

Adam Tilbury-Eld – Ovyo

Kieran Farr – Bitmovin

Philip Farnha – Accedo

Rich Welsh – Deluxe Media

Rohan Mitchell – EMG


Business Operations Award – Sponsored by Telestream

Amanda Wall – Vitac

Crystal Pham – TPN

Fauzia Mulla Stanyard – Arqiva

Joanne Lewis – Ross Video

Kahlead Webb – Gravity Media

Pernialla Wraneus – Accedo

Tami Hoffman – ITN


Project Management or Delivery Award – Sponsored by ES Broadcast

Abi Hemingway – Jackshoot

Amber Barnett – Ross Video

Meghan Londhe – Magnifi

Nikki Perugini – Accedo

Rachel Baldwin – BBC Technology Group

Rachel Deas – Red Bee Media

Sylviane Lecomte – Bedrock Streaming


Company Award for Investment in Women – Sponsored by Disguise







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About Rise:

Rise was formed in 2017 to support and promote women working in the non-craft part of the broadcast media technology industry in operations, engineering, sales, marketing and business. Since its conception, Rise has grown to become a global network hosting events at Broadcast Asia, IBC and NAB. In Spring 2019, Rise won the National Women’s Mentoring Award at the National Mentoring Awards.

Rise’s six-month mentoring programme is designed to support women working in, or aspiring to work in, the UK’s broadcast technology sector. Its mission is to raise the profile of women within the sector, to encourage younger women to join or feel that they can progress and break the glass ceiling, to work with manufacturers to highlight the issues and help them to promote a diverse workforce, as well as to work with industry associations to gain traction and give credence, and to become a platform for smaller groups or individuals wanting to promote female diversity and to support groups promoting other diversities.

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