Top 5 Projects of 2016

Jan 6, 2017

2016 was a great year for BMG.

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2016 was a great year for BMG. We signed some new clients, re-connected with old ones, grew our consulting practice and produced live shows during some major events. Here’s a look back at our top 5 projects of 2016.

5. Defy Media, “Screen Junkies” Live From Comic-Con

2016 marked the 1st time we worked with Defy Media and the 1st time we worked at Comic-Con. Both of which were great experiences. Defy contracted us to produce 3-days of live programming from a bar in downtown San Diego. We ended up producing 12 live shows over 3 days, which were all streamed simultaneously to 3 different platforms. It was a packed – and ambitious – schedule, but we got it done. The Defy team was great to work with and we had a blast.

4. IMDb, “IMDb @ San Diego Comic-Con Live”

While at Comic-Con, we had the pleasure of connecting with the IMDb team as well. We helped produce a 1-hour live show from a yacht docked in the San Diego Pier. We’ve worked in worse places. It didn’t suck. Host Kevin Smith interviewed a series of celebrity guests over the 1-hour period, all of which was streamed live to the web.

3. ICFJ, Broadcast Consulting in Karachi, Pakistan

Our consulting project for ICFJ didn’t quite bring us to a yacht in sunny California. It did, however, bring us to Karachi, Pakistan. Twice. While this was a challenging project, it gave us an opportunity to travel to new places, meet new people and experience new cultures. At the end of the day, we helped with the build-out of a premier international broadcast facility that will help aspiring journalists for years to come.

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2. truTV, “Impractical Jokers Live: Nitro Circus Spectacular

Another year, another Impractical Jokers live special. This year, truTV went bigger – opting for a 2-hour live broadcast instead of a 1-hour special (like last year). In addition to the live broadcast, BMG was asked to provide full production services for the digital pre-show, post-show and concurrent web show. It was a challenging project with lots of moving parts and a ton of logistical coordination, but everyone from tru and Nitro Circus was a pleasure to work with.

1. Buzzfeed, “Election Night Live: We Did It, America!”

We spent election night in good company, working with the Buzzfeed team to produce a 7-hour live election special. The program streamed live to Twitter, marking the 1st time either company had collaborated. It also marked the 1st time Twitter had covered a US election. Both parties were confident the program would succeed, but were modest with their expectations. At the end of the day, “Election Night Live” drew 6.8M viewers – far exceeding expectations for Buzzfeed, Twitter and advertisers.

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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.

  • 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.

  • K. Lona Lymen Reply
    2014-01-31 17:54:25

    You are spot-on that voters don't believe that Obama can accomplish any of his plans. I vote in every election, but I am disgusted with all the arguing and last minute actions that band-aid a problem for a few months, and then break out into new arguments. The comparison to the Superbowl was interesting because, like politics it is a great American sport. But, instead of Peyton Manning giving a State-of-the Union, the President's address should get better commercials!

  • Gary Reply
    2013-08-08 09:44:39

    You've left out a HUGE part of this story by not mentioning Howard Stern's effect on the Sharknado buzz! #siris-ly

  • Marybeth Harrison Reply
    2013-08-07 14:46:29

    I can almost hear the theme song from Jaws as I read your post!