IBC Musings: Pixel Power, Ciaran Doran
Pixel Power's Ciaran Doran will be CYCLING to IBC this year (from London)!
Name: Ciaran Doran
Company: Pixel Power
Job Title: Exec VP sales & marketing
Number of IBCs you’ve attended: 19 – since 1988. I’m getting old!
Flying, driving or train-ing to IBC this year? Cycling!
What is your goal for this year’s IBC show?
To meet as many playout providers, either independent facilities or broadcasters with their own facilities, to discuss software-only/virtualised playout platforms from Pixel Power. Oh, also beer drinking and cycling round Amsterdam
What will be the big tech trends at this year’s IBC?
This is the year of virtualisation, and it’s no longer a buzz but a reality. The trend this year will not be the discussion of whether virtualised workflows are interesting but more about how broadcasters can really start to do some seriously interesting things once they’ve made the move to a virtualised workflow
What piece of gear/software/platform do you wish someone would make?
A proper playout channel-in-a-box that can be virtualised in the cloud, mixing live feeds and with sophisticated graphics – oh, we’ve already done that!
Apps that allow you to drive broadcast software tools from a tablet.
What’s your fondest IBC/Amsterdam memory?
Taking a large group of industry colleagues to the Japanese ‘Kobe’ restaurant to celebrate my 40th birthday during the show. We sat down with beers and starters only to find we had arrived at the incorrect Kobe restaurant – there are two – and we had taken the table of a major competitor, everyone was very good natured.
But the amazing part was that the owners, within minutes of realising what went wrong organised people carriers to get us swiftly to the other restaurant where we found the same size table with the right beers and the right starters in exactly the same position where we sat in the first restaurant – now that’s customer service!
Can you speak Dutch?
Only a little: "Waar is mijn fiets” - then just replace "fiets with "bier" or other words. My favourite Dutch word is “sleutels” which sounds nothing like what it means in English. Learning "De sleutels staan op de tafel” is a tiny bit more useful than “Le singe est dans l’arbre” and even more fun when you’ve had a beer and say it in a Dutch accent.