Not only has Ci revolutionised our workflow here at Rory Peck, it has meant that we can reach more freelancers, manage more entries, and allow more stories to be told.
Kate Garner, Manager, Rory Peck Awards
Established in 1995, the Rory Peck Awards honour freelance video journalists, filmmakers, cameramen and women working independently in news and current affairs, often without the formal support of a large media organisation. Every year, the Rory Peck Awards celebrate their extraordinary films, reports and footage and demonstrate why freelancers deserve support and recognition.
The steadily increasing number of submissions had placed greater pressures on the Rory Peck Trust to manage the efficient running of the Awards:
“We would be sent content of different formats and qualities, and this would really impact on our production workflow” explains Kate Garner, Manager, Rory Peck Awards. “We had an interim system between tape and cloud, where digital files would be sent to us on USB sticks, hard drives and DVDs. We found this increasingly complicated over the years, due to the increasing number of entries to the Awards competition. For that reason it became really important to move to a digital platform.”
To make the processing and judging of content submitted easier and more efficient, the Rory Peck Awards resolved to implement a new workflow solution centred on Sony’s Ci Media Cloud Platform.
“Ci streamlined the entire awards process for us, from entries through to judging and the event itself” says Kate. “It’s enabled internal and external users to create, collaborate and share video content within one shared platform.”
As Kate explains, Ci has simplified workflow for entrants, judges and the Awards’ organisers alike: “The File Request feature enables journalists around the world in various situations to upload their broadcast-quality material to our workspace. The Media Box feature stood out to us the most. It allowed us to completely update our judging process. It’s meant that we can send out the material in advance for judges to watch on one central workspace. Judges can also view it on their phones. Working in news, you see that is an easier platform for them to view content on.”