September 25, 2015

Best-of-breed collaboration earns accolades for bringing new efficiencies to live production facilities and embrace of IP standards

Badge for Best of Show 2015

Imagine Communications, a global leader in video and advertising solutions serving the media and entertainment, multichannel video programming distributors and enterprise markets, and EVS, the technology leader in live broadcast and media technology for sports, news and entertainment, have received the IBC2015 Best of Show Award for the comprehensive live and sports production solution resulting from their recently unveiled alliance. The NewBay Media Best of Show Award was presented by TV Technology Europe on September 14 in Amsterdam.

The alliance, announced on September 10, provides media companies with a best-of-breed solution for live production, slow motion and instant replay operations. It combines industry-leading video production and content management solutions from EVS with Imagine Communications’ market-leading routing and processing platforms. The combined solution supports both SMPTE 2022 and JPEG2000 (J2K) standards for workflow solutions that bring increased agility and cost efficiencies to live production environments.

“This award recognizes the alliance between Imagine Communications and EVS that, in the judges’ opinion, effectively proves interoperability between mission-critical equipment from different vendors and with different protocols,” explained James McKeown, executive editor of TV Technology Europe. “The awards program was built to honor real innovation such as that demonstrated with this alliance, and we’re delighted to be able to offer a measure of support to those pushing the boundaries of development with our expanding industry.”

Two men accepting an award

“EVS is proud to collaborate with Imagine Communications, leading the way for fully interoperable, end-to-end live production workflows,” said James Stellpflug, VP of product marketing, EVS. “This is the beginning of a path of openness and collaboration that will benefit media companies, brand owners and rights holders and pave the way for the higher-quality content, operational efficiency and flexibility needed in today’s media environment.”

By embracing IP standards, EVS and Imagine Communications are helping media companies modernize their live production environments and overcome some of the constraints of SDI technology. The ability to extend the transmission range of high-quality video signals to centralized production facilities enables media companies to reduce the costs and complexity of covering live events at sporting venues and other remote locations.

“We are extremely gratified to be recognized for our commitment to industry standards and for building out an ecosystem capable of bringing the media and entertainment industry state-of-the-art and best-of-breed solutions,” said Steve Reynolds, Chief Technology Officer, Imagine Communications. “We look forward to evolving our relationship with EVS to continue to deliver our customers solutions that address today’s challenges and seize upon tomorrow’s opportunities.”

The joint solution, demonstrated at IBC2015, includes Imagine Communications Selenio™ MCP with SMPTE 2022 Uncompressed-Over-IP (UCIP) and J2K interfaces and the Magellan™ SDN Orchestrator, which simultaneously manages the routing and control of all IP and SDI signals. Technology from EVS includes the XT3 media production server, with the new EVS XiP gateway option to enable uncompressed SMPTE 2022 IP media flows to IP production fabrics.

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About Imagine Communications
Imagine Communications Corp. is a global leader in video and advertising solutions serving the media and entertainment, multichannel video programming distributors and enterprise markets, spanning 185 countries. Today, nearly half of the world’s video channels traverse through more than 3 million Imagine Communications products deployed around the world. Imagine Communications provides the most complete end-to-end video solutions and is innovating to deliver the most advanced IP, cloud-enabled, software-defined network and workflow solutions in the world. Visit for more information, and follow us on Twitter @imagine_comms.

About EVS
EVS provides its customers with reliable and innovative technology to enable the production of live, enriched video programming, allowing them to work more efficiently and boost their revenue streams. Its industry-leading broadcast and media production systems are used by broadcasters, production companies, post-production facilities, film studios, content owners and archive libraries around the globe. It spans four key markets – Sports, Entertainment, News and Media.

Founded in 1994, its innovative Live Slow Motion system revolutionized live broadcasting. Its reliable and integrated tapeless solutions, based around its market-leading XT server range, are now widely used to deliver live productions worldwide. Today, it continues to develop practical innovations, such as its C-Cast second-screen delivery platform, to help customers maximize the value of their media content.

The company is headquartered in Belgium and has offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America. Approximately 500 EVS professionals from 20 offices are selling its branded products in over 100 countries, and provide customer support globally. EVS is a public company traded on Euronext Brussels: EVS, ISIN: BE0003820371. For more information, please visit

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Steve Reynolds

Steve Reynolds is President of Imagine Communications, a global leader in multiscreen video and ad management solutions that broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on to support their mission-critical operations.

Steve brings 25 years of technology leadership in the video industry to Imagine Communications. He has served as the CTO at Imagine Communications and Harris Broadcast, Senior Vice President of Premises Technology at Comcast, Senior Vice President of Technology at OpenTV, and CTO at Intellocity USA.

Steve earned a MS in Computer Engineering from Widener University and BS in Computer Science from West Chester University. As the Chairman of the AIMS Alliance and a member of SMPTE and SCTE, he has participated in numerous standards-making bodies in the cable and digital video industries. Steve also holds over 40 patents relating to digital video, content security, interactive television and digital devices.