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 and called “The Night of Satellites”, gathers over 300 international broadcasting professionals.
This year’s winners will be announced at a gala ceremony assembling a host of leading broadcasting executives in Milan on Friday 25 November 2016.
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.
Established in 1977, Eutelsat is one of the world’s leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 40 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat’s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user’s location. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 37 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service.