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馃嚠馃嚤 Eurovision 2019 wins KAN a Venice TV Award

This week, the winners of the Venice TV awards 2019 were announced. Who do we see winning the award for “Best of Technology and Innovation”? KAN, for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 that was held earlier this year in Tel Aviv!

The Venice TV Awards

The Venice TV Awards’ slogan is “Celebrating the masterpieces of television”. It is all about recognising active, creative and successful TV from across the world. This year, awards were given to 28 different countries around the world, but the Best of Technology and Innovation award was awarded to Israel’s KAN for their work on this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

KAN beat out Qatar’s Al Jazeera Media Network for their work on Faoladh from Ireland, Living in the Unknown and the USA’s Smithsonian Channel for their work on Aerial Britain: Scotland. Other award winner’s included Sky Atlantic and HBO’s TV series Chernobyl, Al Jazeera English’s documentary Brides & Brothels: The Rohingya Trade, Olympic Channel’s Far From Home, and France TV’s TV film Ce Soir La.

The award for Best of Technology and Innovation comes after KAN also previously received a Booster award for their Eurovision 2019 Accessibility project. The praise just doesn’t stop coming for KAN!

The tech of Eurovision 2019

Despite what anyone’s personal opinion on the Eurovision 2019 stage is, it is one of the most technologically advanced stages that we have ever seen at Eurovision. You can see for yourself below how much work went into building this year’s Eurovision stage, thanks to a video from KAN!

If you’re not convinced, here are some fun facts that show just how technologically advanced this year’s stage was:

  • From moving in to the hall to moving out, it took 54 days
  • 80km of cables for lighting alone, with 200km of cables in total (about the same distance as Amsterdam to Brussels)
  • 2,100 lighting fixtures with 120,000 control parameters
  • A 16,998,976 pixel LED screen (the highest resolution LED screen ever used in Eurovision)
  • 130 LED triangles, 9 of which could move individually up and down and tilt back and forth, made of 1,250 LED bars
  • 538 pyrotechnic fixtures
  • 185 tons of rigged equipment (100% more than ever before)
  • 6,500 metres of truss

What do you think of this news? Is the Eurovision 2019 stage one of your favourites? Did you see the stage in person? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and on social media @ESCXTRA

Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.
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