RTS Thames Valley goes behind the scenes of the iconic and historic TV outside broadcast, Christmas Carols from Kings, with the production team including TV Director Ian Russell, Lighting Director Bernie Davis and Head of OB Operations Peter Taylor, in conversation with Tim Marshall.
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Carols from King’s, which was first televised in 1954, is a well-oiled machine in normal years, but this year the production team had to work under Covid-19 restrictions.
“It became very clear early on that we would not have a congregation,” recalled Taylor, who was talking to RTS Thames Valley’s Tim Marshall, a former BBC head of events.
The challenge, he continued, was “to reflect the congregational style and make it still feel like a church service, rather than a Christmassy Songs of Praise”.
An RTS Thames Valley event in early December celebrated this anniversary with contributions from subtitling experts and Dawn Jones, a subtitle user.
“I’m exhausted at the end of the day from the effort it takes to engage with real life, so it’s lovely to come home, turn the telly and the subtitles on and relax,” said Jones, who was born hard of hearing.
In conversation with Tim Marshall, Jeff Foulser, Executive Chairman, Sunset and Vine, talks about his life in sports TV and how the industry has changed, both in terms of technology and business over the past decade.
At a late-July event, ‘The future of shows’, Darren Woolfson of Molinare, Abby Parsall (Boxer Systems), Ciaran Doran (Rohde & Schwarz), MC Patel (Emotion Systems) and Mark Birchall (Tradefair) formed an impressive panel, chaired by Penny Westlake (Interra Systems).
In 2019, e-sports audiences reached 443 million worldwide, revealed Guillaume Neveux, business development manager, EMEA, at EVS Broadcast Equipment. They are predicted to rise to 495 million this year and 646 million in 2023. Revenues are expected to pass $1.1bn this year.
“More than 100 million people watched the [battle arena game] League of Legends World Championship, cementing its place as the most popular e-sport,” said Neveux.
With virtually all exhibitions and show events cancelled until at least the end of 2020, an RTS Thames Valley panel of guests discuss whether shows, as we have known them, have a future, and if so, what might they look like? Or will it be “business as usual”?
Watch RTS Thames Valley's series of webinar events from esports specialists to show how their technology and systems operate.
As production navigates this ‘new normal’ this session asks what is the future for the studio audience. How do we replace the energy that an audience brings?
In late May, the BBC Academy’s Marc Settle explained how to turn a mobile phone into a complete newsgathering solution during an RTS Thames Valley webinar, “Get your mojo working!”
Opening with an online audience poll, Settle asked how many of his audience were using Android or Apple iOS mobile. Two thirds said iOS, one third Android. “This is the complete inverse of the general population. Out there in the real world it’s predominantly Android, but in media environments it’s much more iOS,” he said.