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A year in the life of SIS LIVE T his time a year ago SIS LIVE was still glowing with the pride that came from working to deliver outside broadcast TV coverage and satellite connectivity for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic events. At the time 2013 was billed as a fallow year for the live broadcasting industry which, as we will see, was perhaps a slight fallacy. We caught up with David Meynell, MD of broadcast and connectivity expert SIS LIVE, who gave us a run-down of the various projects and events the company has been involved in this past year. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the last IBC. In some ways it seems like yesterday but then I start to think of everything that’s happened this year and it’s not so inconceivable. The projects below are just some of those we’ve been involved in this year. October 2012 Emmerdale Live - Having delivered live episodes of Coronation Street and Eastenders in the past we were pleased to be asked to support Emmerdale’s special 40th anniversary broadcast. The feedback from production teams praised our staff for their calm professionalism - as delivery of live TV is our bread and butter I feel we brought a steadying hand to proceedings. Freeze Festival - A few years back we designed and built our own compact production vehicle and christened it SISCaster. This Sprinter van, packed with modern technology including NewTek’s Tricaster, can produce impressively comprehensive event coverage even with a small number of crew. Freeze Festival, a winter sports and music event at Battersea Power Station, was proof of this being delivered by a team of just 3 people. OB 14 launched at MediaCityUK In October we officially unveiled our new OB 14 OB truck at a special event at MediaCityUK. The day we were there happened to coincide with Salford University’s freshers’ week so there were points in the day the truck was overrun with excitable media students jostling for position alongside old and new clients… all good fun! This medium sized truck was designed and integrated by our in-house team and has been very much in demand since the launch.. December 2012 L’Oreal Live stream - This event gave us a great stage on which to demonstrate how our different divisions can combine to deliver end to end solutions. For this live event, staged by L’Oreal to promote a new hair product, we provided outside broadcast, satellite uplink/downlink, teleport, fibre connectivity, encoding and distribution services. As we were in charge of the whole process we were able to make sure the picture kept its full 1080 HD quality right from camera to viewer. Christmas and the New Year - We wrapped up traditional Christmas TV handling broadcasts of Carols from Kings, Midnight Mass and Christmas Day Eucharist, as well as coverage of the impressive London fireworks which rang in the new year. 82 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 81 SEPTEMBER 2013 November 2012 Blue Tower facilities come fully online - For us November was one of the most exciting months of 2012 as this was the month that all our facilities came fully online at our MediaCityUK. This project was years in the making so it was a proud moment to see our new teleport, MCR, galleries, studios, technical facilities in action, as well as to see members of our staff moving into their sleek new offices. Royal Variety Performance - Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in front of the Queen and Prince Philip this year’s event marked 100 years since the first show. We used this event to explore the potential of our new Sony 2500 HD cameras. There’s nothing our camera operators like more than to have some brand new state of the art kit to play around with and we’ve been using these cameras to their full potential more and more in the last year. January 2013 Stargazing live - We’ve delivered outside broadcast and satellite uplink services for all three series of Stargazing live, creating the programming live on site at the famous Jodrell Bank observatory using our huge triple expanding flagship OB 1 truck and Link 21, our hub communications vehicle. This year’s three programme run featured in depth looks at the night sky with informative facts and features presented by Prof Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain. New contract with European Tour Productions - In January we signed a new contract with ETP to provide satellite services, uplink trucks and flyaway units for their golfing events in Europe and the Middle East, as well as co-ordination of local uplink providers and satellite services for events in South Africa, Asia and Australasia. It’s been great to continue this successful relationship with them.