Our Live Production History at San Diego Comic-Con

May 4, 2018

We’re gearing up for our 3rd consecutive year of live production at San Diego Comic-Con.

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We’re gearing up for our 3rd consecutive year of live production at San Diego Comic-Con. To get into the Comic-Con spirit, we thought we’d recap some of the past live productions we’ve had the pleasure of working on.

DEFY Media, “Screen Junkies” Live from San Diego Comic-Con

In 2016, we produced 3-days of live programming for Defy Media during San Diego Comic-Con. We built our set and technical infrastructure at Moonshine Flats in the Gaslight District, which included 7 cameras, audio and comms, and on-site switching and encoding. We produced 12 live programs over 3 days, which streamed live to Defy’s YouTube channel, Facebook page and website (simultaneously).

IMDb, “IMDb Live from SDCC” (2016)

In 2016, IMDb was looking to produce some live programming at Comic-Con and contracted BMG to assist. IMDb was on-location for multiples days shooting multi-camera live-to-tape interviews, which were then cut down and posted on the IMDb website. With their technical infrastructure already in place, they wanted to end their last day of programming with a live production. BMG brought in all of the comms, transmissions gear and labor to turn their multi-camera interview set into a live program.

truTV, “Impractically Speaking” Live from SDCC (2016)

After truTV had a successful activation at San Diego Comic-Con in 2015, they wanted to expand their presence and add some live programming to the mix. They contracted BMG to help produce a live Q&A with the Impractical Jokers, which streamed live to the IJ Facebook page. BMG setup a control room and 4-camera setup at Dick’s Last Resort and streamed live from the venue. The program featured 1 host, 4 guests (each of the Jokers) and live Q&A with the audience.

truTV, San Diego Comic-Con Sizzle Reel (2016)

In addition to producing their live Q&A at Dick’s Last Resort, truTV also contracted BMG to put together a sizzle reel highlighting 2 of their Comic-Con activations: their live Q&A and the Impractical Jokers Block Party held at the Park at the Park (just behind Petco). BMG shot all of the behind-the-scenes footage and edited together the final sizzle for truTV.

IMDb, “IMDb Live from SDCC” (2017)

We were back on the #IMDboat in 2017 assisting IMDb with their live Comic-Con coverage. Once again, we turned their multi-camera interview set into a live production and helped them stream a 90-minute program to Twitch and Twitter.

truTV, “Impractically Speaking” Live from SDCC (2017)

The Impractical Jokers returned to Comic-Con last year (2017) with an even bigger presence. They took over Petco Park with the Impractical Jokers Block Party. As part of the event, they hosted a live Q&A with the Jokers, which streamed live to their Facebook page. BMG setup a 4-camera production environment which was switched and streamed on location.


If you’re looking for live production support at San Diego Comic-Con, BMG can help. Give us a call – we’d love to chat.

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  • Andrew Ryback Reply
    2018-03-07 21:55:41

    We're glad you found this to be useful, Margaux. Let us know if there's anything we can help with.

  • Margaux Ford Reply
    2018-03-07 05:57:06

    I appreciate the tips on hiring a production staffing company to have more time to focus on the creative aspects of the project. Hiring a production crew is a tedious task, and can take up much of your time. We're currently working on a huge production, and I'll share this article with my boss so he'll consider on delegating the recruitment to a staffing company. I like that you mentioned that staffing company can ensure to have the right team onboard for the project. Thanks!

  • Robert McWilliams Reply
    2017-10-31 19:05:18

    Todd: I have an ad agency in addition to our production company. We put one of our clients on OTT two months ago up in Nevada. Seems to be working! Thanks again for the work earlier this month. Rob

  • Nicole Rohde Reply
    2017-05-27 22:28:45

    Hey Andrew, Any word as to whether or not the Jokers will be back for Comic Con this year? Please let me know. Thanks!!!

  • Aaron Estabrook Reply
    2017-02-23 16:26:57

    I'll be tuning in for sure!

  • David Patton Reply
    2015-01-16 13:16:02

    Interesting blog post Andrew. For those who are nearly ready to cut the cord, but still want access to key channels such as ESPN, I'd recommend checking out Dish Network's new service, Sling TV. It provides access to a handful of channels for $20/month. https://gigaom.com/2015/01/15/sling-tv-details-price-devices-networks-resolution-bandwidth/

  • Andrew Ryback Reply
    2015-01-13 14:44:19

    Go for it! I'll admit that I was a little apprehensive about pulling the plug at first, but honestly, the transition away from DirecTV has been seamless. The only missing link is live sports, but there are a few work arounds depending on what sports you watch. Good luck!

  • Gregory Hart Reply
    2015-01-13 06:35:00

    While I am part of the 55 year old demographic that still has TV boxes and does TV viewing, I do my viewing using DVRs and networked PCs playing video files from an in-home server. I too have noticed that I view a handful of shows on a regular basis and have found various other sources for these shows. And now it has gotten to the point to where I am seriously considering ending my very long relationship with DirecTV and going streaming. Working in the TV industry also helped to open eyes to this as well. This transition from "old" TV is coming and the networks (Les Moonves, I am looking at you!) had better plan for it.

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    2013-08-07 14:46:29

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