Tech & Engineering Emmy Winners Set

Yvette Kanouff, a pioneer in video and digital services, will receive the NATAS Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards will be presented at a gala as part of the 2020 NAB Show.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the recipients of the 71st Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards. The event will take place in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters at the NAB Show at the Wynn Encore Hotel and Spa on Sunday, April 19 in Las Vegas.

“The Technology & Engineering Emmy Award was the first Emmy Award issued in 1949 and it laid the groundwork for all the other Emmys to come,” said Adam Sharp, NATAS CEO-president. “We are especially excited to be honoring Yvette Kanouff with our Lifetime Achievement Award in Technology & Engineering. We are also extremely happy about honoring these prestigious companies at our gala, again at NAB Show, where the intersection of innovation, technology and excitement in the future of television can be found.”

“The Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards have always recognized the talented and innovative leaders and companies that have made the incredible world of television possible,” said Robert Seidel. One of these leaders is Yvette Kanouff, who has held CTO and president roles at various companies in the cable and media industry and spearheaded transformational technologies including, video on demand, cloud DVR, digital and on-demand advertising, streaming security and privacy. The National Academy is happy to be honoring her with our Lifetime Achievement Award in Technology.”

“We are thrilled that NATAS has again chosen to recognize the industry’s most innovative companies and leading technology minds at NAB Show,” said NAB President-CEO Gordon Smith. “As the world’s largest event focused on the intersection of media and technology, NAB Show is a natural fit for this prestigious awards program. We congratulate the award winners and look forward to celebrating their achievements in April.

The Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards are awarded to a living individual, a company, or a scientific or technical organization for developments and/or standardization involved in engineering technologies that either represent so extensive an improvement on existing methods or are so innovative in nature that they materially have affected television.

A committee of highly qualified engineers working in television considers technical developments in the industry and determines which, if any, merit an award.


The individuals and companies that will be honored at the event follow.

2020 Technical / Engineering Achievement Awards

 Pioneering System for Live Performance-Based Animation Using Facial Recognition

  • Adobe

HTML5 Development and Deployment of a Full TV Experience on Any Device

  • Apple
  • Google
  • LG
  • Microsoft
  • Mozilla
  • Opera
  • Samsung

Pioneering Public Cloud Based linear Media Supply Chains

  • AWS
  • Discovery
  • Evertz
  • FOX Neo (Walt Disney Television)
  • SDVI

Pioneering Development of Large Scale, Cloud Served, Broadcast Quality, Linear Channel Transmission to Consumers

  • Sling TV
  • Sony PlayStation Vue
  • Zattoo

Early Development of HSM Systems that Created a Pivotal Improvement in Broadcast Workflows

  • Dell (Isilon)
  • IBM
  • Masstech
  • Quantum

Pioneering Development and Deployment of Hybrid Fiber Coax Network Architecture

  • Cable Labs

Pioneering Development of the CCD Image Sensor

  • Bell Labs
  • Michael Tompsett

VoCIP (Video over Bonded Cellular Internet)

  • Dejero
  • LiveU
  • TVU Networks

Ultra-High Sensitivity HDTV Camera

  • Canon
  • Flovel

Development of Synchronized multi-channel uncompressed audio transport over IP Networks

  • ALC NetworX
  • Audinate
  • Audio Engineering Society
  • Kevin Gross
  • QSC
  • Telos Alliance
  • Wheatstone

Yvette Kanouff

Yvette Kanouff — Yvette Kanouff has been a pioneer in the development and delivery of on demand video and digital services for the past 30 years. She is currently a partner and CTO of JC2 Ventures, a venture firm focused on helping global startups to scale and grow. JC2 Ventures is founded by Cisco Chairman Emeritus and Silicon Valley legend, John Chambers.

Prior to entering the venture capital space, Kanouff headed the $7B service provider business at Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in IT, networking, and cybersecurity solutions where she led service provider products. She held senior executive roles as both a cable operator and vendor, consistently focusing on new technology breakthroughs in the media arena.

Kanouff was an early pioneer of digitization. After obtaining her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in mathematics, she pioneered pattern recognition algorithms and worked on projects such as automated fingerprint recognition and radar signal processing for Lockheed Martin.

She was named the regional IEEE Engineer of the Year for her work in signal processing.  She moved on to Time Warner Cable to help establish the early standards for MPEG-2 and two-way networking in cable. Her work at Time Warner Cable helped launch the world’s first video on demand (VOD) network and establish many of today’s common-place digital delivery standards and modulation techniques including QAM and QPSK delivery in HFC networks. The early encoding work with Warner Brothers was a precedent to the eventual creation of the DVD standard.

Her work also helped establish one of the world’s first app stores, used for years as original/prior art to today’s commonplace mobile app stores. Kanouff worked closely with companies including Hitachi, Scientific Atlanta (now Cisco Systems), Silicon Graphics (now HPE), and more to build and test some of the world’s first interactive television platforms, products, and tools.

After Time Warner Cable, Kanouff championed video on demand to become a deployable, scalable business, and she wrote many of the industry specifications for VOD. She went on to lead the VOD business for SeaChange International, creating and publishing the first ROI for the product, and helping establish early deployments across the world. This work won SeaChange an Emmy award. Kanouff was a very early pioneer in content delivery networks (CDN), initially called hierarchical asset management systems. She has several patents in the areas of digital signal processing and content management.

After her role as President of SeaChange, she moved on to become EVP of technology and IT for Cablevision. Cablevision was the earliest pioneer of cloud DVR technology, launching the first network-based DVR system in the world. She helped work on technology breakthroughs in cloud-based and virtualized systems for video and advertising delivery. During her tenure, Cablevision won a technology Emmy for pioneering work in network-based DVR.

Kanouff went on to head the newly created video unit at Cisco Systems as SVP/GM. During her time at Cisco she moved on to also be SVP/GM of Cloud Technology and eventually she ran the entire Service Provider business, pioneering network function virtualization and software defined networking in areas such as cable, telecommunications networks, encoding, and routing. She focused on SaaS business models and built the cloud video platform and delivery system for Cisco. Kanouff also focused heavily on technology evolution to the edge and 5G architectures, and she championed open CDN, and new breakthroughs in streaming security and privacy.

Today Kanouff helps start-ups succeed with JC2 Ventures, focusing on areas such as next generation cyber security systems, artificial intelligence technology, and continuing the evolution of networking and media solutions. She serves on various technology advisory boards including PBS, ASAPP, Pindrop, Pensando, and Lucideus.

She also serves on the board of directors of SAIC and Sprinklr. Yvette continues her industry work, having served on the board of the Cable TV Pioneers, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), the SCTE Foundation, and the IEEE medal selection committee.

Industry awards that Kanouff has won include the CableFAX 100, CableFAX Digital Hotlist, Cable Pioneer, NCTA Vanguard award for Engineering and Technology, SCTE Circle of Eagles, UCF Professional Achievement Award, and IEEE Signal Processing Engineer of the Year.

Kanouff continues her passion for helping STEM programs, diversity, and technology innovation. She has various publications within the industry and the American Mathematical Society, and she is a frequent speaker at industry events

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