BMG REWIND: Al Jazeera America’s “Talk to Al Jazeera”

Sep 14, 2016

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Our newest installment of BMG REWIND revisits our work with Al Jazeera America on their “Talk to Al Jazeera” news series. BMG helped produce 4 episodes of the magazine style program back in 2014, shortly after the network launched.

The Gist:

BMG was asked to provide technical execution of 4 episodes of Al Jazeera America’s news series, which were shot at various locations throughout Washington, DC. The 30-minute program was shot with 3 cameras, each ISO recorded. All footage was exported immediately after the program and provided to the client for posting. BMG provided all production equipment, labor, venue coordination, and on-site technical and production management services.

The Challenge:

Two of the four interviews that BMG helped produce were with politicians – Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Luis Gutierrez. Both interviews were shot at their respective office buildings, which necessitated careful coordination and planning. On both occasions, we were subject to limited conference room availability and tight production windows, which meant we had a short window for completing our technical setup. Additionally, we had to carefully coordinate our movement through each building. All production equipment was subject to full inspection and all crews had to undergo a background check prior to shooting. Given the short production window for each shoot, we had to carefully plan for additional load-in time and navigating through the myriad of hallways at the Russell Senate Building and the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Outcome:

While our primary focus is live production, sometimes it’s nice to have a change of pace and work on a live-to-tape shoot. The Al Jazeera America project gave us an opportunity to meet powerful people in the political and private sectors and produce some meaningful content for the network.

Washington, DC is a unique market for live production, especially compared to our other primary markets – New York and Los Angeles. DC’s political environment offers opportunities for producing content that highlights the men and woman who are responsible for leading this country. With the 2016 election around the corner, BMG is preparing to provide live production services 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.

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    2018-03-07 05:57:06

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  • 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

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    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!

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    2015-01-16 13:16:02

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  • 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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    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

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    2013-08-07 14:46:29

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