Was it beginner's luck when Dunedin company Animation
Research Ltd won a Sports Emmy for its first attempt at
creating a mobile phone app?
ARL chief executive Ian Taylor says it was foresight and
The awards ceremony was held in New York yesterday.
The America's Cup Event Authority's official America's Cup
app won the outstanding new approaches for sports event
coverage category in the awards, which recognise United
States sports television programming, including
sports-related series, live coverage of sporting events, and
best sports announcers.
The free app allowed users to get real-time images, data and
graphics, to tap into onboard cameras and microphones so they
could see and hear live action on each yacht.
Mr Taylor, who had been involved in the America's Cup since
1992, said as the 2013 challenge unrolled, it became clear it
was an event for the Facebook age, not the Flintstones.
''We figured we had better do something about it, so before
they [America's Cup Event Authority] actually started putting
out tenders for an app, we actually built one ourselves, then
took it over and showed the America's Cup people over there,
and they loved it.''
Mr Taylor paid tribute to mobile app developer Stu Sharpe, of
Cannonball Software in Queenstown, Nathan Martin, of Dunedin
digital graphics company Moving Pixel, and a former two-man
operation in Timaru for help in producing the app.
He also praised the involvement of several other New Zealand
companies in the work of three other Emmy nominations.
''This America's Cup resulted in five Emmy Award nominations
and, of those, four of the awards had New Zealand companies
involved, which I think is remarkable.
''We're the only one to have won out of those four companies,
but our application wouldn't have looked half of what it did
without the work that other New Zealand companies have done
''It's really quite special for New Zealand.''