Live Election Coverage: A Look Inside Studio A

Sep 7, 2016

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A few weeks back we wrote about the live production services we’ll be offering for the upcoming US election.  As we get closer to early November, we thought we’d dig in a little deeper and review the full technical features of each of the 3 studios we’ll be building out in Washington, DC.  Let’s take a closer look at BMG’s live election coverage, starting with studio A.

Set Design & Camera Compliment

Studio A is an indoor set featuring a round, news style table that can accommodate up to 5 people.  The set will be positioned in front of a window featuring a one-of-a-kind view of the National Mall, which will be the main creative focal point of the studio.  Additional branding opportunities, such as on-set monitors and signage, can be provided.  Studio A will be covered with 5 cameras: 2 robotic cameras and 3 manned cameras.

Control Room Staff

Studio A will have a dedicated control room inside a production truck that will be parked on-location at the venue. The control room staff will include a director/TD, AD, A1, graphics op, record/playback op, video engineer, and prompter op (if needed).  From the control room, clients will have the ability to roll-in graphics and pre-produced video packages.  We can also incorporate live remote segments as well.

Production Staff

In addition to the control room staff, BMG will supply all camera operators, a stage manager, camera utilities, PAs, A2, production manager, and executive in charge of production.  If needed, BMG can provide the full editorial team or supplemental editorial staff to support your current team.  Live translation services can also be provided for foreign broadcasters.

Live Transmissions

BMG will offer fully redundant transmission options for all clients.  While our exact transmission plan is still being locked in, we are planning to offer fiber or satellite as the primary connection with an IP-based solution as a backup.

Shared Production Resources

Clients will have access to a shared makeup and green room.  Additionally, BMG will provide on-site work space for editorial teams which will include WiFi access.

Want more info?  Read about our live election coverage on our website.

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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.

  • 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!