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Our Live Production History at San Diego Comic-Con

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We’re gearing up for our 3rd consecutive year of live production at San Diego Comic-Con. To get into the Comic-Con spirit, we thought we’d recap some of the past live productions we’ve had the pleasure of working on.

DEFY Media, “Screen Junkies” Live from San Diego Comic-Con

In 2016, we produced 3-days of live programming for Defy Media during San Diego Comic-Con. We built our set and technical infrastructure at Moonshine Flats in the Gaslight District, which included 7 cameras, audio and comms, and on-site switching and encoding. We produced 12 live programs over 3 days, which streamed live to Defy’s YouTube channel, Facebook page and website (simultaneously).

IMDb, “IMDb Live from SDCC” (2016)

In 2016, IMDb was looking to produce some live programming at Comic-Con and contracted BMG to assist. IMDb was on-location for multiples days shooting multi-camera live-to-tape interviews, which were then cut down and posted on the IMDb website. With their technical infrastructure already in place, they wanted to end their last day of programming with a live production. BMG brought in all of the comms, transmissions gear and labor to turn their multi-camera interview set into a live program.

truTV, “Impractically Speaking” Live from SDCC (2016)

After truTV had a successful activation at San Diego Comic-Con in 2015, they wanted to expand their presence and add some live programming to the mix. They contracted BMG to help produce a live Q&A with the Impractical Jokers, which streamed live to the IJ Facebook page. BMG setup a control room and 4-camera setup at Dick’s Last Resort and streamed live from the venue. The program featured 1 host, 4 guests (each of the Jokers) and live Q&A with the audience.

truTV, San Diego Comic-Con Sizzle Reel (2016)

In addition to producing their live Q&A at Dick’s Last Resort, truTV also contracted BMG to put together a sizzle reel highlighting 2 of their Comic-Con activations: their live Q&A and the Impractical Jokers Block Party held at the Park at the Park (just behind Petco). BMG shot all of the behind-the-scenes footage and edited together the final sizzle for truTV.

IMDb, “IMDb Live from SDCC” (2017)

We were back on the #IMDboat in 2017 assisting IMDb with their live Comic-Con coverage. Once again, we turned their multi-camera interview set into a live production and helped them stream a 90-minute program to Twitch and Twitter.

truTV, “Impractically Speaking” Live from SDCC (2017)

The Impractical Jokers returned to Comic-Con last year (2017) with an even bigger presence. They took over Petco Park with the Impractical Jokers Block Party. As part of the event, they hosted a live Q&A with the Jokers, which streamed live to their Facebook page. BMG setup a 4-camera production environment which was switched and streamed on location.

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If you’re looking for live production support at San Diego Comic-Con, BMG can help. Give us a call – we’d love to chat.

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