Zug, Switzerland / Monaco – Infront Sports & Media, a Wanda Sports company, was awarded “Agency of the Year” at the 2017 TV Sports Awards, supported by SPORTEL Monaco, for the second time in a row. Infront was shortlisted by an independent jury panel formed of representatives from influential and well-respected sports media partners. The broader public was also able to participate.
The event celebrates and recognises excellence in the sports media industry, whilst raising valuable funds for the “Play for Change” Foundation initiatives around the globe. Specifically, the ‘Agency of the Year’ category recognises the agencies who have had the biggest impact on the sports broadcast industry, including brokering new broadcasting partnerships and media rights negotiations as well as launching new services or overachieving for clients.
Philippe Blatter, President & CEO of Infront and President & Vice Chairman of Wanda Sports Group, was unable to attend the ceremony as he was witnessing the very first UCI Tour of Guangxi World Tour cycling event in Guilin, China but expressed his gratefulness: “I would have loved to be with you to receive this renowned award in person. At Infront we always strive to deliver the highest-quality services for our partners and it is a great honour to be recognised with such an award. It is even more special as it comes for the second year in a row. I would like to sincerely thank the jury, all the people who voted for us and the charity “Play for Change”. Finally a big thank you goes to the Wanda Sport Group for its great support and most importantly to the whole team working at Infront.”
Representing Infront in Monaco was Stephan Herth, Executive Director for Summer Sports: “Thank you to the entire Infront family. But most importantly I want to thank our partners and clients, without whom this would not be possible.”
Infront Sports & Media, a Wanda Sports company, is one of the most respected sports marketing companies in the world, managing a comprehensive portfolio of top properties. Led by President & CEO Philippe Blatter, Infront covers all aspects of successful sporting events – including distribution of media rights, sponsorship, media production, event operation and digital solutions – and has won a reputation for its high standards of delivery. As the number one player in winter sport and with a leading role in football, summer and endurance sports, Infront enjoys long-lasting partnerships with 170 rights-holders and hundreds of sponsors and media companies. Headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, Infront has a team of more than 900 experienced staff working from over 35 offices across more than 15 countries, delivering 4,100 event days of top class sport around the world every year. In November 2015, Infront was integrated into Wanda Sports Group, part of the Chinese conglomerate the Dalian Wanda Group.
Wanda Sports Group is the world’s leading sports business entity, founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media & marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Led by President & Vice Chairman Philippe Blatter, Wanda Sports incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.