The Eutelsat TV Awards, previously named HOT BIRD™ TV Awards, is an annual event promoting the finest broadcasting in thematic satellite landscape, distinguishing excellence and innovation in thematic satellite television. The event was created in 1998 by Eutelsat, Europe’s leading satellite operator, and is a prestigious recognition for channels broadcasting via Eutelsat. The objective of the competition is to highlight quality thematic television production and new concepts that capture audience attention and enrich the viewing experience.
Since thematic channels are a major component of the broadcasting landscape, the event’s purpose is to see where the talent is, what is really new in the market and to recognize the creativity and innovation of thematic broadcasters to retain their audience.
The prize has gained more importance and credibility over the years, and has extended its presence well outside Europe.
The prize-giving ceremony, held in November and called “The Night of Satellites”, gathers over 200 international broadcasting professionals.
This year’s ceremony will be held on Friday 15 November in Venice, Italy.
The Gaia Award
The Eutelsat TV Award is Gaia. Gaia, Greek goddess of the earth, and symbol of life and hope, produced the sky, mountains and sea. Constantly embracing the earth, her myth is a metaphor for satellites that silently encircle the world. The Gaia statue sculptured by the Italian craftsman, Nereo Quagliato, is the icon for the Eutelsat TV Awards. Awarding Gaia over the last decade is a prestigious recognition of the excellence and innovation of the thematic television channels enjoyed by millions of satellite TV homes.