Digital Studio Awards: 2018 Shortlist announced

Final winners will be announced on March 21 at the Awards Gala evening at the Park Hyatt, Dubai
Digital Studio Awards 2018 shortlist revealed
Digital Studio Awards 2018 shortlist revealed


Digital Studio is proud to present the shortlisted nominations for the Digital Studio Awards 2018 – the region’s leading broadcast and production awards, which take place on March 21 at the Park Hyatt, Dubai.

The shortlist represents the finest content production, projects, installations and innovations from the industry out of over a hundred nominations that we received for this year’s awards.

The Digital Studio Awards recognise and reward excellence in broadcast and production. The gala award presentation night will be attended by the region’s top professionals in the broadcast, TV and film production and post-production industries, as well as vendors, systems integrators, consultants and other high profile guests.


This year there are 16 categories of award, covering all aspects of the industry, spanning from content production to distribution and technical excellence including an Editor's choice award for the Up and coming filmmaker of the Year.

Best Content Capture
Artology Creative - #upforit video for du  
Dubai Film - Defy your limits with Mercedes-Benz Middle East and XDubai
Phoenix Film - Louvre opening video for Etihad.
Nomad Productions - Flyng the Flag for ESPN and Emirates
Liquorice Productions - Oystem Farm documentary featuring Sean Connolly
Fox Networks Group - Documentary on Global Village for National Geographic Abu Dhabi
twofour54 - Unity for Security video for INTERPOL
A.K.A. Media - Wedding Party 2 Nigerian feature film shoot in Dubai

Best Editing
Artology Creative - #upforit video for du
Creative Kettle FZ LLC - April Fool's Day for IKEA
Real Image TV Productions - Dubai Water Canal documentary
Phoenix Film - Iconic Autumn Winter
UTurn Entertainment - Al Dor Al 3asher

Best Live Action Capture
Dubai Film - Anthony Joshua trains in the world's highest boxing ring for SkySports
Nomad Productions - Fighting Fit Dubai 
IndiaCast - Checkmate – Hunt for the Smartest Young Executive for Colors TV
Fox Network Group - Operation Almarai film for National Geographic Abu Dhabi
7 Production - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia national day coverage
Turner Broadcasting System - Ben-10 Challenge game show for Cartoon Network Arabic

Best Special Effects/CGI
Real Image TV Production - EC3 opening video – RTA
Sharjah Media Corporation - AMACI video
Real Image TV Production - Hyundai Ramadan TV Commercial
Phoenix Film - ‘Running Boy’ to honour Shaikh Zayed’s legacy of human development in the UAE for Etihad
Real Image - MRM Business Awards video - Dubai Chamber

Best Technical Installation Award
tek Signals for Abu Dhabi Media Corporation installation
Avid - MBC facility at Dubai Studio City
Lawo AG - Abu Dhabi Media upgrade project
MAP - Fujairah TV studio installation
Pebble Beach Systems - Discovery MENA installation of Marina automaton system
Shure MEA - Axient Digital wireless microphones
Avid - ON TV installation
TSL Systems - MBC1 studio upgrade systems integration and design.

Best Service Innovation
a.k.a. Media - Wedding Party 2 film shoot for Dubai Tourism
Advanced Media Trading - Sanad Academy Drone training and education program for aerial videography
ChannelSculptor - Content Hub
STARZ PLAY - STARZ PLAY Connect content delivery and subscription management service

Technology Innovation Award
Avid - Avid in the Cloud - Strategic Cloud Alliance with Microsoft for the Media and Entertainment Industry
PANASONIC - AU-EVA1 cinema camera
Pro League Committee - Player Tracking and Heatmap System with wTVision
Riedel Communications - Bolero intercom system
Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG - R&S PRISMON broadcast monitoring system
Imagine Communications - Selenio Network Processor
Vizrt - Viz Eclipse - world’s first non-intrusive virtual overlay solution for football rights holders and broadcasters.

Outstanding Achievement in Workflow
Artology Creative - upforit video for du
Avid - First Cloud Enterprise Project deployed by Al Jazeera with Avid
Lawo AG - Abu Dhabi Media upgrade project
Pebble Beach Systems - Discovery MENA installation of Marina automaton system
Avid - Al Aan TV installation

Broadcast Executive of the Year
Carlos Tibi, Chief Executive Officer of icflix
​Martin Stewart, CEO at OSN
​Mukund Cairae, CEO - MENA and Asia Pacific, Zee Entertainment
Sam Barnett, CEO MBC Group

Distributor Initiative of the Year
Advanced Media Trading
Amaranthine Trading LLC
MediaSys FZ-LLC

Excellence in Post-production
Real Image - African Global Business Forum 2017 video
Real Image - Pro Dubai video for Dubai Business Chamber
Real Image - EC3 opening video for RTA Dubai
​twofour54 - Post production for Emirates Nuclear Energy Company, Cartoon Network
Real Image - MRM Business Awards video for Dubai Business Chamber

Best Immersive Content Award
Kiyani Meida - UAE School in Virtual reality
Blink Studios FZ LLC - Karim & Noor
Kiyani Media - UAE Parliament in Virtual reality

Content Delivery Platform of the Year
Phoenix Film - Bentley Flying Spur in 360 degrees
Dubai Film - Dubai Tourism B roll library
STARZ PLAY - Subscription Video on Demand service
Perception TV - AIO Service in Iran using the Perception Platform
UTurn Entertainment - Al Dor al 3asher stop motion animation platform

Satellite Services Innovation of the Year
Arabsat - DVB-S2 platform launch
du Enterprise - du’s High Definition Direct-To-Home (DTH) delivery service platform
Yahsat - Successful trial and launch of fastest in-flight Wi-Fi in the region
​North Telecom - Acquisition of ScopeTel Malaysia

Best Use of Animation
Artology Creative - Islamic Economy Awards Event Promo Video for Dubai Business Chamber
Etana Productions FZ LLC - Waleed Al Shami: Hatha W Hatha music video for Rotana
Myrkott Animation Studio - Masameer animated series
Real Image TV Production - Pro Dubai video for Dubai Business Chamber
Cinematic Social Media LLC - Shamsa Animation
Turner Broadcasting System - The Powerpuff Girls: The Power of Four featuring Nancy Ajram
UTurn Entertainment - Al Dor al 3asher" - a platform to young talents working on stop-motion

Studio of the Year
tekSignals - Abu Dhabi Radio1 & Radio2 FM studios
Dubai Studio City Soundstage
Seven Productions

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