February 4, 2014 (Pittsburgh)
NEP today announced that the company has been selected to provide mobile broadcasting facilities and specialized engineering management services to NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, during its production of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 6-23. The announcement was made by Chip Adams, vice president, venue engineering, NBC Olympics, and Debbie Honkus, chairman, NEP.
NEP will deploy five mobile broadcasting units and two flypacks from its NEP Visions facility in the U.K., as well as all required equipment and engineering staff, to supply feeds to NBC Olympics from several key Olympic venues and events. These include the Fisht Olympic Stadium for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the Bolshoy Ice Palace and Shayba Arena for ice hockey, the Iceberg Skating Palace for figure skating and short track speed skating, and the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park for freestyle skiing and snowboarding events. In addition, as part of its long-term consulting agreement with NBC Olympics, NEP will provide operational and technical management to the engineering staff at the venues as well as the broadcast center.
“Our relationship with NBC Olympics began with the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, and we have enjoyed a successful and productive partnership for every Winter and Summer Games since then,” said Honkus. “Through our long-term agreement with NBC Olympics, we’re able to look further into the future to provide cost-effective solutions based on the latest broadcast technologies. We’re proud that we can provide the unique technical expertise in producing large, international events and the global resources necessary to meet NBC Olympics’ exacting requirements.”
Adams said, “We are pleased to be working once again with NEP, on our eighth Olympic Games, and look forward to having NEP provide first-rate facilities, equipment, and technical expertise, which will help us ignite even more excitement, among viewers watching the Games on the networks of NBCUniversal.”
Altogether, NEP is deploying more than 40 of its personnel to staff the mobile broadcasting facilities at the venues, and more than 20 to provide operations management and technical consulting in the broadcast center.
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About NBC Olympics
A division of the NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal's Olympic coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. For more information on NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Sochi Olympics, please visit: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/
NEP provides the technology and know-how to enable clients to produce the world’s most prestigious live and broadcast events around the globe. The company is the leading worldwide provider of outsourced production solutions offering technical services for remote production, studio production, video display, host broadcasting, post production, premium playout, smart asset / media management, and multi-screen delivery. NEP’s more than 3,000 employees are driven by passion and a focus on technical innovation, and together they have supported productions in over 65 countries on all seven continents. NEP is headquartered in the United States and has offices in 20 countries.