ESPN covers record number of Little League games with Gearhouse Broadcast USA

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With ESPN taking its efforts at the Little League World Series to a new level this summer by showing more games than ever before, SVG has gone behind the scenes to learn more about the automated-production realm that was deployed to make such an ambitious undertaking possible.

The "efficient model" that ESPN describes in the article enables them to cover games that would not have been covered before. It includes the deployment of six Gearhouse Broadcast production trucks, each outfitted with a SimplyLive ViBox semi-automated-production system in a two-person, two-screen operator configuration. This meant that two operators could cover the combined positions of Director/TD, and Producer/Replay Op, working side-by-side to carry out multiple functions concurrently.

Gearhouse Broadcast’s 40 ft trucks Prodigy and Maestro, “O”-class REMI units Opus and Ovation as well as two Sprinter-class units have been used at 10 different competition sites to cover the Little League Baseball and Softball Regionals, as well as the championship events from all divisions for the first time. This has totalled about 180 games (primarily streamed on ESPN+) in less than a month.

Speaking to SVG’s Jason Dachman, Tim Lewis, Gearhouse Broadcast USA’s VP of technology and design said: “It has been a very successful project from our end and a really good learning opportunity to take a platform like this and work with the client to do an extensive proof of concept.”

This story further strengthens Gearhouse Broadcast’s position as a leader in delivering alternative ultra-efficient production workflows. Gearhouse was a major part of the REMI revolution all the way back to undertaking the first ESPN REMI in 2014. It recently successfully completed its 1850th multi-camera, remote integration (REMI) production at the close of the 2019 US collegiate sports season.

Gearhouse Broadcast is in the process of designing and building a new breed of Mobile Production Truck capable of multiple workflows including traditional field produced switching, REMI, and the ultra-efficient workflow we deployed for ESPN this summer. We call it Project Vi/Va, and it will be offered in a range of vehicle sizes and configurations to match a client’s needs and budget. While Vi/Va can be deployed in a variety of vehicles or flypacks, the first use will be in our “Paradigm” series trucks launching later this year.

To learn more about this unique project including details on the new trucks, (and what Vi/Va actually stands for), follow Gearhouse Broadcast on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook. We will be making some major announcements very soon!

You can read the full article ESPN Deploys Ultra-Efficient ViBox Workflow for Record Slate of Little League Baseball, Softball Games in full on the SVG website here.

GEARHOUSE BROADCAST HAS BECOME GRAVITY MEDIA

On 31 October 2019, the four leading broadcast and production houses Gearhouse Broadcast, Hyperactive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment owned by Gravity Media Group started trading under the brand name of ‘Gravity Media’. All Gravity Media companies around the world are making this transition and will now go to market as a single brand with a bold new look and purpose.

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Gravity Media is a leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services to content owners, creators and distributors. We use the collective pull of our people and resources to capture, craft and create world-class content that inspires and excites.

We are driven by client service excellence, and we never stand still. We’re always looking and listening, keeping up with the latest broadcast innovations – or pioneering them. Above all, we channel our energy into maintaining our reputation for flawless execution, deep technical expertise, and efficient delivery.

Gravity Media is a brand-new company with a 30-year pedigree, a force to be reckoned with formed by the coming together of Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment. Our 500 people serve clients across the sport, media, news and entertainment industries from bases in the UK, Australia, USA, France, Germany and Qatar.

At the centre of Gravity Media lie three broad categories of expertise: media services & facilitiesproduction & content; and equipment rental & sales.


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