San Francisco, Calif., February 01, 2013 — As it has for many years, Grass Valley® Live Production solutions will be on hand in and around the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. As the most watched sporting event in the U.S., the Super Bowl is the premiere showcase for mobile production companies hired to cover various events for their broadcast clients. This year, broadcasters will rely on NEP, F&F Productions, and Game Creek Video to provide stellar and flawless coverage, and they in turn rely on Grass Valley.
Providing the world feed for NFL Films will be NEP's SS25, using a 4.5 M/E Grass Valley Kayenne® Video Production Center switcher, with 96 inputs, 48 outputs, and 6 keyers per M/E. The Kayenne also has a 4-channel ClipStore, based on the Grass Valley K2 Summit® media server. SS25 is also equipped with a 192x160 Grass Valley Trinix® NXT high-end routing switcher.
SS25 is supported by Super B, which provides additional space and capacity with a Trinix 128x192 routing switcher as well as a variety of Grass Valley frame synchronizers, upconverters, and crossconverters. (After the Super Bowl, SS25 heads to the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards telecast on Sunday, February 10, 2013.)
NEP's multiformat SS24 has been chosen as the game truck for CBS's coverage of Super Bowl XLVII. At the heart of SS24 is a Trinix 224x256 routing switcher. Accompanying SS24 is the ESU support truck with Grass Valley routing, upconverters, and downconverters.
NEP's SS22 will handle tape release coverage for CBS with a 4.5 M/E Kayenne switcher, while its Silver rig will cover all Super Bowl halftime entertainment—headlining Beyoncé—using a 90 input Grass Valley Kalypso® Video Production Center 4 M/E switcher with internal still store and DVEs. Silver is equipped with a Grass Valley Trinix 256x352 routing switcher.
NEP, with its Chromium production truck, will also provide game coverage of the 2013 DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl in New Orleans on Super Bowl Saturday —with over 30 celebrities and professional athletes in a no holds barred flag football game. For the game, a 96 input Kayenne will be switching the action. NEP's California will cover halftime with a 90 input Kalypso with internal still store and DVE, and an assist from a 256x448 Trinix routing switcher.
Game Creek Video has been tasked by ESPN, the NFL Network, and CBS Entertainment to capture the excitement surrounding the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans.
ESPN will have Game Creek Video's Freedom A & B (4 M/E Kalypso Video Production Center switcher with 90 inputs, 48 outputs,16 internal and 4 external DPMs, 6 transform engines, and internal still store with animation), Larkspur (4.5 M/E Kayenne Video Production Center switcher with 96 inputs, 48 outputs, 16 internal and 4 external DPMs, and internal still store with animation), and Justice with the GCV-B1 graphics truck (4 M/E Kayenne with 96 inputs, 48 outputs, 16 internal and 4 external DPMs and internal still store with animation) for its coverage of the 2013 Super Bowl.
The NFL Network will be using a large number of Game Creek Video's trucks for its coverage of Super Bowl XLVII. These include: Clipper A & B (4 M/E Kalypso with 90 inputs, 48 outputs, 16 internal and 4 external DPMs, 6 transform engines, advanced effects, and internal still store with animation), Glory A & B (4.5 M/E Kayenne with 96 inputs, 48 outputs, and 16 internal and 4 external DPMs), Northstar (4.5 M/E Kayenne with 96 inputs, 48 outputs, 16 internal and 4 external DPMs , and internal still store with animation), and Pride A & B (4.5 M/E Kayenne with 96 inputs, 48 outputs, and 16 internal and 4 external DPMs).
CBS Entertainment's "The Talk" and "The Craig Ferguson Super Bowl Special" will be on-site in New Orleans as well, with Game Creek's Victory A & B featuring a 4.5 M/E Kayenne switcher.
Next year, Game Creek Video will be providing The FOX Network with the main game production trucks for Super Bowl XLVIII in MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, NJ.
F&F Productions will be on hand with two of its 53-foot double expandos.
F&F's GTX-16 & B6 will be parked onsite alongside the others at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. This unit boasts the power of the 4 M/E Kayenne Video Production Center switcher with 96 inputs, 48 outputs, and 20 DPMs and will provide coverage of the Super Bowl Pre, Post, and Half-time Shows. The GTX-15, also with a 4 M/E Kayenne Video Production Center switcher with 96 inputs, 48 outputs, and 20 DPMs, will be broadcasting daily network coverage live from New Orleans' Historic Jackson Square of all the festivities throughout the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVII.
"There is no bigger or more exciting sporting event that focuses a nation's attention and builds excitement like the Super Bowl," said Tim Thorsteinson, President and CEO of Grass Valley. "That type of mission critical production is what drives Grass Valley, and we're proud that our Live Production solutions play a part in such a thrilling event for our customers and their clients."
Super Bowl XLVII will be covered by the CBS Television Network in the U.S. (and will be simulcast in Canada by CTV), on Sunday, February 3, 2013. Pre-game coverage with the "Super Bowl Kickoff Show" begins at 6:00 p.m. ET, with "Super Bowl XLVII" at 6:30 p.m. ET.
For more than 50 years, the Grass Valley name has been synonymous with innovation, leadership, and performance. Our full range of solutions and services is unmatched in the industry, leveraging the economies of scale of the IT industry with our proprietary core knowledge of media processing and storage. Grass Valley customers include most of the world's leading broadcasters, teleproduction facilities, and service providers, as well as independent video professionals who rely on our products to cover the world's most high-profile live events, as well as to benefit from efficiencies in day-to-day operations. When you're watching news, sports, or entertainment programming—whether on a TV, the web, or a mobile device—you're watching Grass Valley at work in today's connected world.
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