DC Global Media Innovator 2017 for Emblematic Group

DC Global Media Innovator 2017 goes to leading Virtual Reality company, Emblematic Group

  • US- based company brings VR into news casts and documentary films
  • Emblematic Group was founded by Nonny de la Peña considered to be the “Godmother of VR”
  • Embematic was selected by the Diplomatic Council´s international leadership Board

The Diplomatic Council (DC) a United Nations accredited global think tank, has named US-based Emblematic Group, a leading creator of immersive virtual, augmented and mixed reality experiences, as the recipient of the DC Global Media Innovator (GMI) 2017.

Founded by Nonny de la Peña known as the “Godmother of virtual reality,” Emblematic Group pioneered the medium of virtual reality documentary films. This was announced at the Diplomatic Council (DC) All Nations Gala 2017 .

The GMI Board explains: “Emblematic is one of the world’s leading producers of immersive virtual reality content. Company founder Nonny de la Peña was named the “Godmother of Virtual Reality” by British newspaper The Guardian. Their work is pushing the boundaries of storytelling to create empathy in audiences for stories that matter. This year they received a grant from the Knight Foundation to produce VR documentaries in partnership with Frontline and to collaborate on crafting and disseminating best practices for VR journalism.”

Dieter Brockmeyer, Chairman DC Global Media Forum, says: “Emblematic again is a great pioneer company finding ways of how to use VR in Documentary Films and News Journalism creating a fully new experience for the audience. After V-Nova last year this is another strong global Innovator. I’m full of praise for our splendid board that did a marvelous job again!”

Think tank, business network and charity foundation

The Diplomatic Council is a global think tank, business network and charity foundation in special consultative status with the United Nations. The Global Media Innovator recognises the company that has the greatest influence on the advancement of the digital world society. The winner is carefully selected by a top-class Board made up of eight international and independent media and IT experts.

The Global Media Innovator was launched last year and awarded to the British company V-Nova for the first time. V-Nova has developed a revolutionary technology to transmit huge data volumes through existing data cables – an innovation that provides the basis for a large number of new digital offerings and services around the world.

International Board

Members of the 2017 GMI board were: George Twumasi, CEO of the African Broadcasting Networks (London and Ghana), Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, COO Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, MDEC (Malaysia), Moeed Ahmad, Head of Incubation & Innovation Group at Al Jazeera Media Network (Doha). Rebecca Lieb, internationally recognized content marketing expert, advisor, author and speaker from New York, Ian Wightman, VP Research and Operations at IHS Markit Inc. (Austin), David Mercer, Senior Analyst Strategy Analytics (London), Robin Eckermann, Eckermann Associates (Canberra) and Jo Groebel, DDI (Berlin).