Having gained a first class honours degree in outside broadcast, Ilona Valent started her career in television in 2001 and has studied and worked in all areas of television and broadcast, including production services, engineering, solution sales and technical management.
She spent three years at Gearhouse Broadcast (now Gravity Media) designing and delivering facilities and projects for live sport events. From there, she moved to the vendor side of the industry, covering EMEA for Ross Video in a Solutions Architect role, thereby growing her commercial skills and understanding. Before joining ES Broadcast in early 2020, she spent a year at Broadcast Solutions GmbH as a Technical Manager, splitting her time between system integration and product launches.
During her career, Ilona has managed and contributed to global scale broadcast events through client and vendor liaison, project planning, system design, implementation, engineering, project and technical management. Besides her technical skills, she has strong commercial awareness and strives to find the best possible solution to her customers.
As part of ES Broadcast’s proposals team, she brings to bear her years of hands-on experience in consultancy, presentations and negotiations. She is a specialist in RFI/RFP responses, with a strong focus on project success and the realisation of the client’s vision. Ilona’s main areas of expertise are Outside Broadcast, Live TV, Control and Connectivity, Infrastructure and Client Relations. She is keen on continuously learning and improving her technical and managements skills, and proud of the relationships and partnerships she continues to forge in the industry. She is also happy to share her knowledge and expertise with the next generation of broadcast professionals: she teaches broadcast systems engineering at the School of Media, Arts and Technology at Solent University.