BMG REWIND: ARTE France’s 2008 Election Special

Aug 31, 2016

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Our newest installment of BMG REWIND revisits our work with ARTE France on their 2008 election special in Washington, DC.  The 90-minute live program covered the outcome of the 2008 US election, which aired live in France and Germany.

The Gist:

In the Fall of 2008, Broadcast Management Group was contracted to produce a 90-minute live special for ARTE France covering the outcome of the 2008 election.  The special aired live in France and Germany and was translated into 3 languages on-location.  Because the outcome of the election wasn’t known ahead of time (obviously), much of the editorial content was completed the day of the show, shortly before air.

The Challenge:

ARTE France wanted a venue location with an iconic DC look.  The problem was that this production came together with short notice, and during an election cycle, most resources in DC were already booked.  Our biggest hurdle was finding a location that fit their creative needs, that was available, and that was within budget.  We were able to find a location that checked every one of their boxes: a rooftop location in Arlington, VA with a skyline view of the National Mall.  It was the perfect setting for talking politics.  We were, at that point in time, the first company to produce a live television show from this particular venue.  We quickly found the limitations of the space.  Cables had to be run out the window of a stairwell and down the side of the building – 12 stories – to our production truck parked below.  Additionally, we brought in translation booths for handling the on-site translation.  It took some clever maneuvering to get these into the venue’s elevator.  We were met with some strange looks and lots of questions, but we made it work.

The Outcome:

The live special really came together.  Despite some language barriers with the director (who didn’t speak English), ARTE France walked away happy.  The venue proved to be a challenge, but it offered one of the most amazing views of DC and it was the perfect setting for an election special.

We had so much fun working with ARTE France in 2008, that we’re doing it again this year.  Check out the live production services we’re offering on election night this November.  Spaces are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis, so contact us today to get started.

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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!