Grass Valley Honored with 2015 Philo T. Farnsworth Award from Television Academy

Michael Cronk at the 2015 Engineering Emmys at the Loews Hotel in Los Angeles, October 28, 2015

Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, was presented with the Philo T. Farnsworth Award by the Television Academy at its 67th Engineering Emmy Awards in a ceremony on October 28 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Grass Valley was receiving the award in recognition of its contributions over time that have significantly impacted television technology and engineering.

The Board of Governors of the Television Academy singled out Grass Valley to receive this prestigious award, citing the company’s five-decade history of providing the tools to create signal infrastructure as the television industry grew; its years of leadership in video routing, switching and manipulation; and its industry-changing, pioneering strides in digital-image processing and effects.

Grass Valley's contributions include providing tools to create signal infrastructure as the television industry evolved; leadership in video routing, switching and manipulation; and pioneering efforts in digital image processing and effects.


Michael Cronk, the company's senior vice president of strategic marketing, accepted. Grass Valley was part of the first color television broadcast of the Olympics, in 1968, he noted, and of the Apollo space program, with Apollo 10 in 1969.

"We've had innovative switcher products, the first commercial video server, and have continued to be honored with 20 Emmys – this is our 21st," Cronk said. "This is a very big honor. That passion and that drive are still alive in the employees at Grass Valley. I'm honored to accept this award, and look forward to the innovations within the industry, well into the future."


“Grass Valley has been providing innovative television and broadcast solutions for a very long time. We’re particularly gratified and humbled to be recognized with this prestigious award,” said Marco Lopez, president, Grass Valley. “We have now earned 21 Emmy Awards, a real testament to the work we have done and continue to do. Most important is the impact these achievements have had on the operations of our customers, whose confidence in our solutions enables us to continue innovating.”

The winners of the 2015 Engineering Emmys at the Loews Hotel in Los Angeles, October 28, 2015.


The Philo T. Farnsworth Award originated in 2003 and has been presented only nine times previously. The award is named after Philo T. Farnsworth, an American inventor and television pioneer critical in the early development of all-electronic television.

About Grass Valley
Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, keeps broadcasters, content owners and service providers Future-Ready as they navigate the changing landscape of television. With the most comprehensive collection of workflow solutions in the industry, Grass Valley delivers end-to-end television production and content distribution workflows, combined with expert consultation and insight that lead to sustainable success. Grass Valley, headquartered in Montreal, is part of St. Louis-based Belden Inc. Belden delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today's applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world.