BAFTA will launch ‘Albert’, a brand new carbon calculator for the Television industry at the Edinburgh TV Festival.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is leading a consortium which has developed ‘Albert’ for the TV production community. Born at the BBC, ‘Albert’ was originally created by former BBC journalist, Richard Smith, (now the BBC Sustain Production Manager). Built by developers at Sharepoint City, the tool was initially rolled out across BBC Vision productions and, after a successful pilot, the BBC decided to enlist the Academy’s help to make ‘Albert’ available to all production teams across the UK.
‘Albert’ works by asking users (usually production managers) to answer a series of simple questions relating to how they make their programme. Once the data is collected, the tool can calculate the carbon footprint of any TV show, collating valuable data which can ultimately change thinking about how Television should be produced in the future.
The Albert Consortium was formed by BAFTA in early 2011, with Twofour’s Group MD, Mark Hawkins the first to invest time and money in this collaborative project. He was closely followed to the Consortium table by Talkback Thames, IMG, Kudos, ITV Studios, Shine TV, Channel 4 and Sky, all of whom have been instrumental in designing an industry-friendly ‘Albert’ which will appeal to production teams. ‘Albert’ has a new look, thanks to the design team at Aerian Studios, new functionality, courtesy of Sharepoint City and robust statistical data, provided by AMEE and audited by Mason Hardy. Microsoft is generously providing unlimited licences to use the calculator in its first year and the portal will be hosted by Outsourcery The overwhelming financial, strategic and practical support of all the Consortium members has meant that ‘Albert’ will be free at the point of use.
BAFTA is pleased to be leading on this project, given the charity’s remit to promote, support and develop the art forms of the moving image. BAFTA’s Chief Operating Officer Kevin Price said: ‘Putting sustainability at the heart of the production process is something the Academy is proud to be able to promote. We are committed to supporting the industry and are encouraging all production companies to adopt Albert as a first step in creating sustainable productions. We want to adopt Albert internally for our own web video productions and we will encourage all our third party suppliers to use it as well.’
Albert will officially launch at the Edinburgh TV Festival with a panel discussion, hosted by journalist Martha Kearney, on sustainability with the TV industry. The session will include case studies from production teams who have already used this online tool. All delegates and press are very welcome to attend at 1230 on Saturday 27 August in the Tinto Suite. There will be an opportunity to sign up to use Albert at the event, which will be initially free at the point of use. Others interested should visit www.bafta.org/albert.
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• Now in its 36th year, the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival is the essential annual event for anyone involved in the media industry
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