Finalists Set For 7th Annual Iron Imager Contest At Worldwide Radio Summit 2018


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BENZTOWN has chosen CAPITAL FM/U.K. Audio Production Assistant SAM WICKENS as the finalist in the 7th Annual IRON IMAGER CONTEST, which will be held at the WORLDWIDE RADIO SUMMIT on THURSDAY, MAY 3rd. He’ll compete head-to-head against current Iron Imager Champion, NOVA ENTERTAINMENT/AUSTRALIA Network Imaging Producer BRAD LEASK, 

LEASK and WICKENS will demonstrate their imaging talents by producing an original imaging piece for a format unannounced until the day of the competition. They will use elements from one of BENZTOWN’s 23 production libraries, voiceover talent roster, paired with a script from the BENZTOWN team. 

“This UK-Aussie audio challenge has all the makings of an epic event – Two of the world’s cutting edge imaging professionals battling it out live in HOLLYWOOD for the coveted Iron Imager belt!” BENZTOWN Pres. DAVE “CHACHI” DENES said. “BRAD and SAM are instrumental to the winning sounds of their respective brands. We are honored to bring them to the U.S. to showcase and celebrate their talent and the power of the world’s best audio imaging. We also thank all the incredible imagers who threw their hats in the ring this year and are pleased to honor the other top contenders who raise the quality bar for this competition every year.”

“It is fantastic to have two so highly talented Imaging Directors from two of the leading Top 40 brands in the world fighting for the title of World’s Best Imager,” BENZTOWN CEO ANDREAS SANNEMANN said. “It will be a massive battle – I am excited and you should be, too!”

IRON IMAGER 2018 finalist SAM WICKENS said: “I can’t wait for the battle with BRAD! Hopefully, I’ll be bringing the Iron Imager belt back to where it belongs: BRITAIN!”

“I’m a huge fan of SAM’s work,” 2017 IRON IMAGER champ BRAD LEASK said. “He’s a massive talent and an awesome guy. This will be fun – Bring it on, mate!”

The 2018 IRON IMAGER will be declared and presented at 10:30a PT on FRIDAY, MAY 4th in the General Session Room of the W HOLLYWOOD HOTEL. 

BENZTOWN also recognized IRON IMAGER semi-finalists who captured Honorable Mention status in this year’s competition: JONATHAN YOUNG, Audio Producer, GLOBAL, LONDON; BRENDAN TACEY, National Head of Production, SOUTHERN CROSS AUSTEREO, MELBOURNE; JORDANA KLEIN, Imaging Producer and Voice Talent, TORONTO; CHRIS LONGMAN, Imaging Producer, GLOBAL, LONDON; RYAN DREAN, WORLDWIDE VOICEOVERS AND AUDIO PRODUCTION, DALLAS; and SERGEY ZELENTSOV, Head of Production, EUROPA PLUS, MOSCOW.

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