CEO of the International Broadcasting Convention, Michael Crimp, talks to us about the evolution of IBC and how it all got started in an exclusive interview.
Q What inspired IBC?
A IBC was created by the industry for the industry by our IBC Partners, six leading international bodies. Originally the International Broadcasting Convention, IBC has evolved from its technical broadcast roots and today it encompasses the whole breadth of media creation management and delivery, from online content to digital cinema, from automated workflows to high resolution capture and display. The conference is matched with a comprehensive exhibition which brings together close to 1,600 exhibitors, each showcasing the state of the art in technology. IBC is unrivalled as a place to meet and share knowledge, and its networking opportunities and value added events – from awards to movie screenings – really contribute to the worth of attending. IBC remains the principal event for the industry, and it continues to go from strength to strength. It now attracts more than 55,000 attendees, drawn from more than 170 countries, each September in Amsterdam.
Q What are some of the most important decisions you face in your job on a daily basis?
A IBC plays a very important role in connecting the industry together. As the industry goes through a period of transformational change, working with all of our partners and key stakeholders to ensure that IBC to continues to represent and support the industry.
Q How do you foster creative and innovative thinking each year for IBC? And how is the show constantly improving?
A Creativity is at the heart of IBC and I empower my staff to find creative ways to deliver new ideas to our audience. We work with industry stakeholders to develop new and innovative features and ideas for IBC.