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Live Production Look-Back: Screen Junkies Live from Comic-Con

May 26, 2017

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This is it. Our final Comic-Con live production look-back installment. It’s been great to re-live the action from 2016, but we’re ready for what’s in store this year. In the meantime, here’s a re-cap of our work with Defy Media for their Comic-Con remote production, Screen Junkies Live at SDCC.

The Gist:

Broadcast Management was contracted by Defy Media to help produce 3-days of live programming during San Diego Comic-Con in 2016. Defy’s program, Screen Junkies Live at SDCC, was a series of panel discussions and Q&A sessions at Moonshine Flats in downtown San Diego and wanted each program to be streamed live to 3 platforms simultaneously – YouTube, Facebook and Defy’s website. We built out a small control room on-site to accommodate the project and handled all technical aspects of the production, including on-site encoding and FOH integration for the live studio audience. With the Defy team, we ended up producing 12 live shows over 3 days.

The Challenge:

Most venues at Comic-Con are only available to outside renters for set periods of time, as is the case with most major events. This meant we had to work around multiple parties loading in at the same time and compete for storage space. In order to maximize their investment, Defy typically planned to have parties at the venue each night, which meant most of our camera equipment had to be struck at the end of each day. This wasn’t an issue, but meant that we needed to carve out additional time each morning to re-run cables and test cameras before jumping into the first show. Additionally, the Screen Junkies Live at SDCC program consisted multiple shows each day – many of which would shift or change based on talent availability. We’re 100% used to last minute changes (that’s par for the course with live production), but we were trying to strictly adhere to 10-hour days to minimize OT, so delays were a challenge to work around.

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The Outcome:

The Defy team was truly a pleasure to work with. They were not shy about trying to produce a great deal of content over a short period of time, and we love clients who try to push the limit.

Check out some of our other Live Production Look-Back installments, including our live Q&A with truTV and the Impractical Jokers and our re-cap of the 2014 CBGB Music Festival.

 

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  • Andrew Ryback Reply
    2018-03-07 21:55:41

    We're glad you found this to be useful, Margaux. Let us know if there's anything we can help with.

  • Margaux Ford Reply
    2018-03-07 05:57:06

    I appreciate the tips on hiring a production staffing company to have more time to focus on the creative aspects of the project. Hiring a production crew is a tedious task, and can take up much of your time. We're currently working on a huge production, and I'll share this article with my boss so he'll consider on delegating the recruitment to a staffing company. I like that you mentioned that staffing company can ensure to have the right team onboard for the project. Thanks!

  • Robert McWilliams Reply
    2017-10-31 19:05:18

    Todd:I have an ad agency in addition to our production company. We put one of our clients on OTT two months ago up in Nevada. Seems to be working!Thanks again for the work earlier this month.Rob

  • Nicole Rohde Reply
    2017-05-27 22:28:45

    Hey Andrew, Any word as to whether or not the Jokers will be back for Comic Con this year? Please let me know. Thanks!!!

  • Aaron Estabrook Reply
    2017-02-23 16:26:57

    I'll be tuning in for sure!

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    2015-01-16 13:16:02

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  • Andrew Ryback Reply
    2015-01-13 14:44:19

    Go for it! I'll admit that I was a little apprehensive about pulling the plug at first, but honestly, the transition away from DirecTV has been seamless. The only missing link is live sports, but there are a few work arounds depending on what sports you watch. Good luck!

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    2015-01-13 06:35:00

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    You've left out a HUGE part of this story by not mentioning Howard Stern's effect on the Sharknado buzz! #siris-ly

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    2013-08-07 14:46:29

    I can almost hear the theme song from Jaws as I read your post!