Thomson, the manufacturer of broadcast and cinematography cameras, has won Frost and Sullivan's 2007 Global Product Line Leadership of the Year Award.

According to growth consulting company Frost and Sullivan, Thomson's consistent pursuit to be ahead of the market trends and reach out to diverse customer needs have established it as a formidable vendor in the digital video market.

"The worldwide move towards digital production technologies has led to an increasing demand from the broadcast and cinema industry for digital acquisition products," says Frost & Sullivan senior industry analyst Vidya S. Nath.

"The transition in the broadcast sector from standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD) and, in cinematography from analog to digital is finding definite contours, but few vendors in the market provide optimum features and solutions in line with market expectations."

Thomson was praised highly for its solid-state, hard drive hybrid Infinity Digital Media Camcorder, which is used for ENG and EFP.

Other honourable mentions went to:

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated the most insight into customer needs and product demands.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development.

Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.

Thomson provides technology, services, and systems to the media, entertainment and communications industries.