Judging Panel for the Corporate Star Awards
Barbara Lange, principal and CEO of Kibo121
Kibo121 is a consultancy firm focused on guiding media tech organizations on their path to sustainability by understanding each client's unique needs and interests to develop and execute an action plan. Lange has been an invited speaker on sustainability at industry events including the NAB Show, SVG (Sports Video Group), IBC, SMPTE, SMW (Streaming Media West), and the HPA Tech Retreat. She is actively engaged in the industry groups developing a greener future in media, including Greening of Streaming, and SMPTE's working group on sustainability in media in the cloud.
Lange serves as the program manager for the NAB Show's Excellence in Sustainability Awards, is a Secretariat volunteer member of Greening of Streaming, and co-founded the Media TechSustainability Summit. Lange is a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP).
Prior to launching Kibo121, Lange served as the executive director at SMPTE, the global professional association, and standards body, that supports the technical framework and professional community which makes quality motion imaging available to consumers in a variety of media formats. Lange's career started in business development and product management in scholarly publishing. She holds a B.A. in Chemistry and German from Washington and Jefferson College and completed the Executive Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and the Entrepreneurial Growth Lab program at the Women's Enterprise Development Center (WEDC).
Lange has been recognized for her leadership by Washington & Jefferson College, the IEEE, StudioDaily50, and with the TVNewscheck's 2020 Woman in Technology Award. In 2021, she was honored by TVB Europe as a 2021 Technology Leader to Watch and by Broadcast & Cable with the 2021 Tech Leadership Award.
Russel Stone – Head of School: Creative and Digital Industries
As Head of The School of Creative and Digital Industries at Buckinghamshire New University, Russel leads a team of academics teaching film and TV production, animation and visual effects, games development, music production and computer science at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Before joining Buckinghamshire New University, Russel worked in the UK music industry, initially in marketing and then in artist and repertoire (A&R). Russel studied for a PhD in Marketing at The Business School at The University of Birmingham and his specialist area of research is influence in social networks.
Cheryl Clarke – founder and managing director – Mushroom Media
Cheryl started her career in commercial media in the early 1990s, working in the TV and technology sectors. She is one of the founding directors of Mushroom Media Ltd, a media specialist communications and sustainability consultancy established in 1999. Over the past fifteen years Cheryl’s passion for exploring and developing sustainability policy for the TV and media sectors has steered the consultancy to offer a range of support and services to allow companies to assess and work to improve their social and environmental impacts. Cheryl holds a masters degree in sustainable leadership development and is working with creative companies to define their own leadership in this field.
Ellen is Director of Advisory & ESG Services at Orion Global Solutions, a Summit Level Salesforce implementation partner. She has over 25 years of experience as a technologist and business consultant, including a role as Regional Development Director at Constant Contact prior to joining Orion. In addition to her background in technology, she added sustainability to her focus and is the Program Manager for all of Orion’s customer implementations of Salesforce Net Zero Cloud (carbon accounting & ESG management). Ellen is also an Integrated Reporting Practitioner and Positive Change Ambassador.
Andy started working for the BBC in 1978 becoming a video-tape editor in 1985 where he worked on many comedy, children’s and documentary series. Moving to a new technology department he, worked on introducing non-linear editing, stereo, widescreen, the BBC’s first HD programme Planet Earth I and the first UHD programme, Planet Earth II.
Andy has been a Rapporteur for ITU Working Party 6C investigating the use of 3DTV, the Global Broadcasting Platform and image quality. He is a Co-Chair of the joint group on Accessibility and has chaired several Rapporteur Groups including the group that developed the HDR Recommendation until 2015 when he became chair of Working Party 6C itself. As chair, he initiated new areas of study on Advanced Immersive Sensory Media Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Energy Aware Broadcasting as applied to content production and international programme exchange. In WP 6B, Andy led the group formalizing the use of componentized content creation that led to a new Recommendation.
Andy left the BBC at the end of 2020 but is still leading standards work in the ITU and EBU. He is also an active member of SMPTE, becoming a Fellow in 2014 for work relating to standards.