Bill Vinten wins the Guild’s TiCA Award for Excellence 2010

Industry Pioneer Bill Vinten honoured for his services to the broadcast industry at the Guild of Television Cameramen awards

Bill Vinten, youngest son of the founder of Vinten®, was presented with the highest honour at last night’s Guild of Television Cameramen Awards. The ceremony, held at the prestigious BFI Southbank in London, saw 90 year old Bill Vinten collect the Guild’s TiCA Award for his lifetime contribution to fostering and improving the art and craft of the professional television cameraman.

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Bill Vinten dedicated his award to all of the Vinten employees for their hard work over the years, and their contribution to the company’s success. The award marks a momentous year for Vinten as the company recently celebrated its 100 year anniversary, an unprecedented achievement in the film and television industry.

Back in January 1910, Bill Vinten’s father, William Vinten, opened his first workshop for business, repairing and manufacturing cameras. The company revolutionised the broadcast industry and set Vinten on its path to become the established, global market leader it is today, now part of the Vitec Group.

A special selection of Vinten’s high quality camera support products from past and present were on display at yesterday’s GTC event to commemorate the company’s centenary. Attendees also got the chance to see some of Bill Vinten’s private equipment collection including his 1920’s Model C Film Camera.

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GTC chairman, Graeme McAlpine, said: “We were delighted to present Bill Vinten with our TiCA Award for Excellence 2010, it is the Guild’s biggest accolade and went to a well deserved winner. Vinten’s innovative products have undoubtedly changed the world of broadcasting. The family and the company have provided cameras and cameramen with 100 fantastic years of support”.

Vinten is a long-term supporter of the Guild’s annual awards and this year it sponsored the GTC Multi-camera Award, which recognises the cameraman demonstrating the best multi-camera skills.

About the Guild of Television Cameramen

Formed in 1972, the Guild of Television Cameramen has over 1,000 members in countries as far afield as Australia, Russia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA. The majority work in aspects of television ranging from corporate video production through news and current-affairs, sports and light entertainment, to documentary and drama. The GTC is a non-profit-making organisation run by a council of volunteer television professionals. It is financed by subscription from its members as well as sponsorship from equipment manufacturers and suppliers. As a result, the GTC offers a channel for manufacturers to consult with working cameramen when designing new equipment. The GTC is an authoritative source of advice and information on all matters concerning television content production. Its aim is to preserve the professional status of television cameramen and to advance standards and expertise within the profession. Membership is open to anyone employed as a television camera operator or in any associated occupation.

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Guild of Television Cameramen

About Vinten

Vinten® is a global market leader in camera support technology for broadcast professionals, as well as corporate, education and government applications. The range covers manual heads, tripods and pedestals suitable for ENG, EFP, OB and studio environments. With 100 years' experience pioneering the world's broadcast and film industries, Vinten continues to provide the most innovative, intuitive camera support products available by working closely with today's camera support professionals and understanding their industry needs. Along with five other leading brands in the broadcast industry, Vinten is part of Camera Dynamics Ltd, a Vitec Group company.

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Vinten

Vinten - 100 Years of Innovation

It was on 1 January 1910 that William Vinten opened his workshop for business, in Wardour Street in London, as W Vinten Cinematograph Engineers. Since then the company has earned and maintained an unmatched reputation for innovative, operationally excellent, precision engineered products. In 2010, Vinten was awarded a Queen’s Award for Technology for the continuing innovation demonstrated in Perfect Balance.

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