Commonwealth Games Will Be All Right On The Night

Fans of Bollywood films will be familiar with the classic Indian wedding storyline in which complete chaos usually engulfs the event right up to the moment when the groom arrives, at which point everything comes together and everyone has a whale of a time and puts behind them the dramas that preceded the ceremony. The XIX Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Delhi had all of these ingredients thrown in and more besides.
As most people will know, the run-up period to the Games was beset by controversy and problems. It began with accusations of corruption, abuses of labour agreements and concerns about delays in completing the facilities. Homeless people, cows and stray dogs had been rounded up and removed from the streets of Delhi and there were worries about the limited provision of accommodation for visitors and indeed if they would come at all. Two weeks before the opening ceremony, conditions at the athlete’s village had been described as filthy, unhygienic and unfit for human habitation resulting in several teams delaying their departure from their home countries. On the same day 23 labourers were injured as a bridge being built near the main Games venue collapsed. The day after that saw the ceiling at the weightlifting venue supposedly collapsed. With such calamity before the opening speeches were even made, everyone’s confidence in the event seemed to be collapsing very much like the venues themselves and the wedding was quickly turning into a bedroom farce.
You’re probably wondering how I became embroiled in this drama? Well it all began with Prasar Bharati, the Broadcasting Corporation of India, who had chosen Doordarshan, one of their subsidiaries, to be the Host Broadcaster for the Games. In turn, Prasar Bharati awarded the contract to deliver the television production and coverage facilities/services to SIS Live. SIS Live, which incorporates the former BBC Outside Broadcast division, has over 70 years experience of covering major sporting events, and provides the facilities and personnel to cover everything from Formula One to Wimbledon to the London Marathon.
This is where my 1st Option Safety Services colleagues and I slotted into the giant CWG jigsaw puzzle. As SIS’s appointed health and safety consultants, we were brought in to monitor their health, safety and security arrangements and to provide competent advice, guidance and support to SIS’s operations throughout the CWG including the planning, rigging, event and de-rig phases.
The CWG itself was the largest multi-sports event ever undertaken in India, with some 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 different nations that competed across a 17-sport programme held from the 3rd – 14th October. The scope of the televised coverage, as you can imagine for a sporting event of this size and nature, was immense. SIS employed over 1,400 highly skilled technicians, production crew and support staff at 23 venues and fields of play, as well as the opening and closing ceremonies. Of these, some 450 production, technical and support staff came direct from the UK while the remainder were drawn from 36 countries around the world such as Australia, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia and Denmark. The multilateral coverage of the CWG involved up to 40 production areas and outside broadcast kits of various sizes, over 350 high-definition (HD) camera channels, 100 HD long lenses, 115 EVS (instant tapeless technology) hard disk recorders, as well as a wide range of specialist production and camera equipment.
With such a huge technically challenging event to plan for and to manage from a health and safety perspective, where did we begin?
We anticipated that the array of different events taking place across a variety of locations condensed into a 12-day period would be intense but we believed the application of good planning and preparation techniques, and the use of the best available equipment and people, would give us a realistic chance to deliver the best technical provision for the 2010 Games in a healthy, safe and secure manner.
The health, safety and security preparations for the CWG really began as soon as the contract was awarded back in late October 2009. A number of visits were made in the lead up to the Games in which each venue and field of play was thoroughly recced to identify the key health and safety issues such as, for example, access/egress, lighting conditions, rigging, potential work at height, electrical distribution, fire, safety arrangements and security, welfare, and first aid arrangements. We also examined all aspects of the technical requirements for each of the venues, including camera and commentary positions, presentation studios, announcer positions, commentary control rooms, broadcast compounds and technical operations centres.
This early appraisal proved to be really invaluable in that it gave us an insight into what we needed to think about initially and the key areas to focus upon. From this, a general risk assessment was compiled which covered all of the main broadcasting activities. Interestingly, the recces also provided a foretaste of some of the challenges and obstacles we were to later face both in the run up and the duration of the Games. As an example, we were expecting the handover of completed broadcast compounds from the Organising Committee (OC) and Doordarshan early in June but this didn’t happen in reality until mid-September, which was just a few days before the start of the event. As you can imagine, this had a huge knock-on effect upon our technical and logistical plans and preparations. Despite the obvious concerns, SIS and the 1st Option safety team continued on with their arrangements.
So how did it turn out? Let’s look at each of the big topic areas individually.
Venue safety
Although safety in general occupies a significant position in India’s constitution, compliance is known to be poor and there is minimal enforcement. We tried to apply UK health and safety standards to all of our own operations as best we could, but often SIS staff faced situations, and/or working in conditions, that perhaps would not be tolerated in the UK.
As already mentioned, an extensive programme of safety planning, risk assessment and inspections was done for every CWG venue and field of play. Camera positions were discussed at length during many recce meetings so that these were located in positions both to get the best pictures possible for the viewer and be safe for spectators, competitors and camera operators. We scheduled most of the rig and de-rig work so that all overhead and cable set-ups were done with little or no public access. In areas where it is not possible to bury/trench/fly cables then suitable covering mats/ramps were used.
The rigging and operation of specialised cameras used throughout the various venues (e.g. plunge cam in the diving pool, high remote heads to cover the relay race changeovers in the main stadium etc.) had their own detailed risk assessments to ensure they were, wherever necessary, either safe by position, double bonded, remotely controlled, the operator had clear unobstructed line of sight, and/or spotters placed at tracked camera positions. At certain high-risk events such as shooting where the cameras need to be reset or adjusted between events, strict arrangements were put in place to ensure that no one was in the vicinity when these operations take place.
For our electrical needs, India operates a different voltage system to the UK and power fluctuations is a common occurrence therefore it was critical that the power supply for our equipment was trusted. We endeavored to install the electrical distribution according to the UK standard BS7909 (Code of Practice for temporary electrical systems for entertainment) and an approved UK contractor closely supervised this work. Following this, each Venue Technical Manager (i.e. Engineering Manager) then managed and took responsibility for the safe use of electricity at each venue and field of play.
It should be mentioned that some of electrical equipment provided locally was not always wired up correctly and so these had to be checked and made safe. There were also concerns expressed about locally sourced jimmy jibs being used at one of the venues. Following a safety check, it was found that although they weren’t quite to the UK standards to which the crew were accustomed, nevertheless they were found to be fit for purpose provided that a few additional safety precautions were applied.
Working at height was one of our highest risk activities. For any work that we did significantly above ground, we made sure the necessary arrangements were in place so that: correct personal protective equipment (PPE) was used for the job; a fall arrest/restraint system with harness and suitable attachment was in place; no-one went within a minimum of 2 metres from the edge where there were unprotected drops; use of restraint lines, safety belts, harnesses and lifelines as necessary, including suitable anchorage points and properly trained users. Temporary ladders were only used for a short duration, and alternative fixed platforms or scaffolds were put employed for longer jobs.
In addition to the main risk assessment, separate specific risk assessments were done for each of the specialist activities such as cable rigging; camera platforms; filming from motorcycles (to cover road events such as the marathon, cycling and the walk); specialist cameras; and aerial filming. All of this documentation formed part of the CWG Venue H&S Pack, a copy of which was kept at all venues and issued to all key managers, and entailed:
Risk assessments
Staff emergency medical procedure
Accident reporting procedure
Serious injury or fatality procedure
List of key manager contact details
Security incident procedure
Lists of emergency assembly points
Blank incident report form
The weather leading up to the Games was quite contrasting and therefore posed a number of different issues. The summer months of May and June turned out to be one of their hottest on record in which our staff regularly encountered daytime temperatures approaching 50°C (122°F). Apart from ensuring that bottled water was readily available at all CWG venues, we constantly reminded everyone on the need to drink lots of fluids, avoid drinking tap water and order any drinks without ice. We also advised them to apply plenty of sunscreen lotion and wear caps or hats, to prevent possible sunburn and heat stroke. During the Games, the outdoor sports such as Hockey, Lawn Bowls and Tennis needed as much shading for our camera operators and production crew as we could provide through parasols, tents and other temporary forms of weather cover.
The searing hot summer was followed in August and September by the capital’s heaviest monsoon rains in 15 years and left large quantities of stagnant water on CWG construction sites as well as in tanks and ponds, and this raised concerns over increased levels of mosquito-borne disease. New Delhi reported over 4,000 cases of dengue this year and inevitably a handful of these involved our production staff. Fortunately they were all relatively mild cases and everyone recovered to full health.
For some of the venues, cabling work had to be done in drains and in areas infested with vermin such as rats or similar. This meant the riggers were exposed to a variety of health effects including risk of disease such as Weil’s Disease (Leptospirosis) - an infection passed on primarily from rat’s urine; Hepatitis A - where water contaminated by raw sewage is swallowed; Tetanus and typhoid - infections from contaminated water enter the body by swallowing, through the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose or eyes, and/or through broken skin, cuts and abrasions.
The key advice given to the rigging crews was of course to avoid any water that was obviously contaminated. Where this wasn’t possible, we recommended that they covered all cuts and broken skin with waterproof plasters; wore suitable protective clothing; avoided water entering the mouth or eyes as far as possible; limited the period of exposure; washed their hands after handling any contaminated clothing or other equipment/material, and always before eating, drinking or smoking; washed any fresh cuts or abrasions thoroughly. We also made sure that everyone was up to-date with their vaccinations.
As part of our planned contingency arrangements, a number of additional first aiders were trained to boost our coverage at each broadcast venue and trauma packs were to be held at each Broadcast Compound. Unfortunately the standard of the locally sourced first aid kits initially delivered was not to our satisfaction and therefore hasty arrangements were made to ship packs over from the UK.
We were also aware that public medical facilities across Delhi are of variable quality so our staff and crew were provided access to SIS-approved private clinics and hospitals. These facilities were internationally accredited, modern institutions equipped with emergency rooms and ambulance services. With a production team of over 1400 people, geographically spread and working in challenging conditions, it was critical to be able to get a doctor to anyone as soon as possible at any venue 24 hours a day.
One of our biggest concerns throughout the Games was the quality of the food being provided at the venues. Unusually, catering was not allowed to be prepared within the broadcast compounds, which then meant it had to brought in from outside. There were question marks about both how and when the food was being prepared in advance, where it came from and how it was being transported. Once it reached the venue, there was the ongoing problem of getting it through the security cordon. There is little doubt that the food at the compounds did cause a number of stomach upsets amongst the crews. Steps were eventually taken by the management team to rectify the problem, but unfortunately this took rather longer than some people would have liked, mainly because of the bureaucracy involved.
In the end, we lost around 2-3% of production staff at various times through a number of ailments such as gastroenteritis, heat stress, dengue, and the infamous Delhi belly. This relatively low figure is testament not only to the pre-travel advice given, but also to the efficiency of the medical emergency procedure that facilitated a prompt response to any health problem that arose, followed by early diagnosis and treatment, which in turn helped to promote a quick recovery.
Personal safety and security
From a personal safety point of view, the normal advice of working abroad applied. As part of the accreditation process, all SIS crews received an information pack about the personal safety and security risks before they traveled out. Of course, the high profile nature of any large sporting event is always a tempting target for both terrorists and opportunist criminals alike.
The security threat assessments were kept under active review in the build up and during the Games. The assessments recognized that there would be an increase in threat messages against the Games in order to disrupt them. False claims are a common feature of south Asian insurgent groups.
As such, in the build up to the Games we expected the media to report an increase in 'chatter', of which some would be alarmist. However, security fears were really heightened just thirteen days before the Games when two Taiwanese tourists were shot by suspected militants near India's main mosque in Old Delhi. Two hours later, a car also exploded in the vicinity, reportedly from a deliberate low-intensity pressure cooker bomb that had been assembled inside. The obvious motive of the strike was to instill fear in people ahead of the CWG and to dissuade them from attending.
These two incidents prompt an immediate security clampdown by the authorities that lasted right into the games themselves. Whilst it was reassuring that the Indian law enforcement agencies took the security threat with extreme seriousness, it eventually became a logistical nightmare to get production equipment and other supplies, even water and food, into the venues because of the stringent measures taken.
In the end there were no further security incidents reported and we should of course be wholly grateful for that, but the operational difficulties and other safety concerns that emerged did give us cause for concern at times. For example, we discovered during our safety walk-rounds that many of the unmanned fire exits in the sporting venues were actually chained and padlocked due to security fears. Of course, we got them unchained, albeit after considerable discussion, but it could have resulted in a disaster on a mammoth scale had say a stadium needed to evacuate before this came to light.
As for getting to and from the venues, driving in Delhi appears chaotic. The roads are just rivers of cars, trucks, buses, motorbikes, scooters, cows, bicycles, three wheeled motorized rickshaws (Tuk-Tuks), three-wheeled pedaled rickshaws, donkeys, horse drawn carts, dogs and the odd elephant. The space between each vehicle is measured in inches. It looked dangerous and it is to some degree. It appears to be extremely aggressive but there is also a level of tolerance and cooperation that you will not see in the UK. Anyone who is not familiar with the “rules” of the road is at considerable risk and therefore transport to and from venues was arranged through approved transport companies using security-cleared drivers.
The CWG experience
We knew that poor safety practice is endemic in India, and that health and welfare standards in particular would be a considerable issue for our staff. As we know, it almost proved too intolerable for the Games’ athletes and officials. There were the swathes of bureaucracy to wade through if you needed anything from the OC and the security forces were unrelenting in their efforts to make sure nothing got pass them either.
Such was the obstinacy of our host at times that I honestly thought operationally we wouldn’t see any of the CWG on television. In the end, however the standard of the television and radio coverage was incredibly high and this was entirely due to the quality of the staff, their dedication, enthusiasm, professionalism and, above all, remarkable resilience and determination in the face of some really extremely difficult obstacles.
Remarkably, whether it was through design or just sheer good fortune, there were very few significant accidents that occurred to SIS staff during the CWG project. Even the number of staff illnesses was far below what we expected, although many people did return home absolutely knackered from the experience.
It was quite a different story beyond the broadcast compound perimeter. Stories of ticketing problems, snakes, dirty swimming pools, blocked toilets, lack of spectators, biting monkeys, and gaffes by the OC seemed to circulate almost daily.
For me personally, the journey to the destination was occasionally nerve-wracking but in the end the groom did arrive for his big day in pomp and style. It was certainly an event to remember in that so much happened both on and off the fields of play. The question still remains in my mind as to whether this CWG will be remembered down the years as either a triumph over adversity or just an embarrassment. As usual the truth probably lies somewhere in between.
It did turn out to be all right on the night … but only just.
About the author
Vittorio Vanloo is s Principal Health and Safety Consultant for 1st Option Safety Services Limited who provide a range of health, safety and security consultancy services to broadcast, film, television, radio and news programme makers as well as support staff. He is a chartered member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH), a registered safety practitioner, and been a safety advisor for over twenty years with 1st Option, BBC and British Waterways.

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Opting In or Opting Out
Peter Savage 2 Peter Savage, CEO of Azule, explains whether you should opt in or opt out of the current red tape nightmare facing businesses large and small.
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Broadcasting Indoor Sky Diving
Daniel Harker Barnes When you say you’re broadcasting skydiving, there are two types of reactions. One is the creative, who’ll say something along the lines of “Wow. Those shots must look great” and other is the engineer who’ll say “That must be a real hassle to get all the infrastructure in and secure.”
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Artificial Intelligence and Economics
Dick Hobbs - new It’s May, so it seems inevitable that this month’s column should be a bit of a reflection on NAB. And it will, in due course. But first, some news which I think is interesting. Cisco, the IT giant, is selling off its video software solutions business. It is being bought by an as-yet unnamed new company, backed by venture capitalist Permira Funds.
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How to shoot the perfect lighting mix
Alan Ipakchian Advances in high-quality LED lighting over the past couple of decades might be one of the best things that’s ever happened to broadcast and cinema production. Compared to traditional tungsten fixtures, LED lights offer powerful operational and financial benefits from longer life and lower energy bills to brighter, more consistent light and greater control over color temperature. LEDs generate much lower heat and are relatively cool to the touch, meaning they can be used in much smaller rooms and studios without sweating out the talent and crew or damaging property. Plus, compared to traditional tungsten bulbs, LED lights are virtually maintenance-free and can deliver tens of thousands of hours of lamp life.
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Security, Identity and Privacy
Bruce Devlin - new Put your hand up if you have more than one online-identity. Keep your hand up if the adverts for your latest online purchase follow you between identities as you surf the web. You can now let your hand fall into your lap because adverts that follow you indicate algorithms that have merged your multiple identities into the one and only you.
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Listening to the needs of audio engineers
Alan Wheable Monitoring SDI video content within an installation is and has always been straight forwards. If you have a monitor, and you can see the image correctly, all is well. This is not necessarily the case for metadata and especially not for audio.
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Informed Disruption
Marc Risby The industry is currently going through an enormous amount of disruption, and while many are charging in to embrace the changes, others are wringing their hands with indecision.
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Betting Industry Transformed by Video Technology
Chris Thornton In the betting and gaming industry, the streaming of live sports from across the globe is a big business. It’s proven that revenues increase when bettors are able to watch the event that they have placed a bet on, providing a far more engaging experience.
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Moving to an IP Platform Considerations
Stephen Brownsill Audio transport methods have remained virtually unchanged in the broadcast industry for more than half a century. Common approaches to routing audio around large broadcast facilities have closely followed methodology employed in telco central offices, with the use of X-Y crossbar or crosspoint switching.
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What is Serial Communication
Mike Colyer

Don’t get me wrong - the advent of IP technology has done wonders for the broadcasting universe, especially here in Special Cams land where changing a setting could have involved a rather long walk and climb to a remote camera location! Nevertheless, this said, I still feel that serial communication is a huge contender - not only just in the realm of odd robotics systems, but also across broadcast in general.

In this article, I will walk through the very basics - introducing a few different types of serial and how they work.

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Out of the box: Sennheiser Ambeo VR microphone
Jon Pratchett 2 The use of 360 video, especially on platforms like Facebook and YouTube is really starting to take off. Gone are the days when you needed to buy multiple GoPros and rigs in order to get something decent looking. Now players like Insta360 and even GoPro with their fusion 360 camera are providing single camera, high quality solutions, enabling the masses to put out reasonable quality, certainly watchable, 360 video.
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TV Futures, Tales on Location
Georgia Thirtle If I think back to last May, I was just finishing my second year at the University of Portsmouth, studying Television and Broadcasting, and winding down for the summer. Then out of the blue I got a message from my course leader, saying I might be getting a call from someone who was a location manager working for Raider productions, you know, the production company behind the upcoming Tomb Raider film, I mean, what!?
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Grand slam IPTV and digital signage platform
Joe Walsh Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, is home to major league baseball’s Kansas City Royals. Built in 1973, “The K” has a proud baseball legacy, and goes down in history for winning two World Series championship titles; one in 1985 and another in 2015 — exactly 20 years apart. The most recent win brought a resurgence of baseball fever to the stadium, hosting more than 2.7 million fans during its 2015 winning season.
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The shining star of Dancing On Ice
Rod Aaron Gammons Lighting is an incredibly important part of any TV production, and it can make a huge difference to what is seen on-screen. If the right lights are used in the right way, it can create a mood, set a tone and convey a certain atmosphere.
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How IP-based KVM can improve workflow in broadcast control rooms
John Halksworth One of the most significant shifts the broadcast industry has seen over recent years is the adoption of IP technology as a standard infrastructure across the entire broadcast workflow. IP provides a network suitable for routing audio, video and control around a broadcast facility and is providing the answers to many industry challenges.
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Reliable back-up at the Music City Bowl
Sam Gordon WLEX – LEX18 – is the NBC affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky, and part of the Cordillera Communications Group. As a very popular local station with a broadcast area that covers 40 counties across central Kentucky we have a big commitment to news, broadcasting more than seven hours of live programming on a typical day.
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NAB is all about people
John Smith -new The relative success of NAB is down to people. The individuals we meet, the relationships we make and renew with customers and the desire to work together to develop a technology solution to any given challenge.
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Six steps for award winning sound design with Jungle Studios
Chris Turner Few can argue that great sound design is one of the most important elements to any moving picture. Mute most horrors, and the difference in fear factor will be enormous. Visualize Jaws or Star Wars, and John Williams’s iconic score will instantly come to mind.
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VR and the importance of tracking
KitPlus I would like to begin this article by clarifying what we at Shotoku mean when we talk about VR in live production. It’s not the production of immersive, 360 content where you need to wear a headset; we are talking about virtual studio (VS) and augmented reality (AR) work, such as placing graphics into a green screen environment or physical set. The technology used for this work is entirely different, though equally specialist – therefore it is important to understand the challenges of this kind of production in order to make informed kit choices.
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Interview with Peter Rowsell, Polar Graphics
Polar If you don’t recognise the name Peter Rowsell instantly you no doubt would recognise him in person, from the famous ‘Pink Coconut’ parties during IBC (Brighton) in the 80s or the name ‘Polar Video or Polar Graphics’ both companies which he’s built up over the years.
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Technological advances in the broadcast industry
Alan Wheable Since it is Omnitek’s 20th anniversary this year, I thought it would be interesting to look back over the technological advances in the broadcast industry over the last few decades and look at the similarities between then and now.
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State of the Nation
Dick Hobbs - new

On the most recent occasion I was trimmed, my hairdresser had just returned from a holiday in Hawaii.

Where she thought she was going to die. She thought this because the state’s emergency alert system was triggered, sending messages across all available platforms, for 38 minutes, that a ballistic missile was about to strike. That, I suspect, is the sort of thing that casts a pall across your holiday.

Why did it happen? Essentially it happened because an operator selected the wrong menu item. “I feel very badly from what’s happened,” he is quoted as saying, in a somewhat mangled version of English which may at least in part explain his difficulties with menu items.

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Tried and tested: DPA d:vice
KitPlus KitPlus recently took delivery of an interesting piece of equipment for review. We like our iPhone gadgets here. For us, useful iPhone gadgets started when the Olloclip lens gave us a wide angle adaptor. This was a good start, finally evolving into a proper tool when Ziess produced the Exolens system for the 5,6 & 7 series iPhones. Around the same time as the Olloclip came out we were testing the Fostex AR4i which was a very exciting development at the time. You have a portable device, that you carry everywhere with you, connected to the world but with very limited audio capabilities. A stereo interface with decent microphones was a real boon!
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Why OTT needs multicast ABR
Damien Lucas Last year, Netflix’s global revenue reached $11 billion, with 24 million new names added to its subscribers’ list. Viewers are certainly making their preferences heard – and voting with their remote controls to show that over-the-top (OTT) content is here to stay.
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Transforming asset management and monetization
Chad Hamilton FremantleMedia is one of the largest global television-production companies in the world — with one of the biggest and most valuable catalogs. We operate in 36 markets, creating, producing, and distributing content across traditional TV and digital platforms at a rate of more than 10,000 hours of programming per year.
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2018: A Changing of the Guard
Peter Savage 2 The guys at KitPlus asked me if I could write about what I think is going to happen in 2018 – a feel, or mood, piece of what we might see this year. I’m not sure why they asked me but perhaps it’s because I’ve been around the industry a long time. Anyway, to look forward I think sometimes it’s best to look back as history has a habit of repeating itself.
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