Michelle Clancy | 20-08-2013
The IBC2013 International Honour for Excellence, the highest award that the broadcasting industry group bestows, will go to New Zealand-based film director Sir Peter Jackson. He is currently completing the second part of The Hobbit Trilogy, The Desolation of Smaug.
The IBC International Honour for Excellence is presented each year to an outstanding individual or organisation which has fostered, contributed to or built upon the relationship between technology and creativity. Recent recipients have included the Science and Technology Research Laboratories of Japanese national broadcaster NHK and Sir David Attenborough.
The award is in the gift of the IBC Council. Chairman Peter Owen said: "In the world of the cinema, few directors have pushed the technology barrier harder or farther than Sir Peter. His life was changed at the age of nine when he first saw the 1933 movie King Kong and vowed to remake it. He set about learning the skills of movie-making and effects, always pushing himself on to ever-more elaborate effects."
Jackson's movies have now won 20 Oscars, four Golden Globes and 14 BAFTAs. Beside the Lord of the Rings trilogy and his current project, the Hobbit Trilogy, in 2005 he achieved his ambition of remaking King Kong, a movie which contributed three of the Oscars.
"I am particularly delighted to accept the IBC International Honour for Excellence, because those conversations which happen every year at IBC are critical to the future of our industry," Jackson said. "Thank you, IBC, for this award, and long may you be the place where story-tellers and technologists can meet."