For the past 3 years (2016-2018), Broadcast Management Group has provided live production, technical management, and production staffing services for “IMDb Live at San Diego Comic-Con”. The 90-minute live production features interviews with actors and celebrities discussing all things Comic-Con. The program streams simultaneously 3 platforms: Twitch, Twitter, and IMDb.com.
Leading up to the live production, Broadcast Management Group participated in weekly production calls to discuss scheduling, logistics, and open technical items pertaining to the program. Additionally, we conducted site surveys as well as on-site and off-site streaming tests to multiple distribution platforms.
“IMDb Live at San Diego Comic-Con” takes place at one of our favorite venues – the #IMDboat. Each year, IMDb rents a yacht, which is docked at the San Diego Pier just behind the San Diego Convention Center. IMDb is notorious for creating amazing event atmospheres for their live productions – the IMDboat is no exception.
While the boat is a great venue for guests and fans, it does pose some production challenges – specifically space. Because space is so limited, we have to come up with creative ways to keep our production equipment package light while still addressing all of the technical needs for the live production.
Production staff for the live production primarily travel down from Los Angeles with some support positions (Production Assistants, Utilities, etc.) being booked locally in San Diego. Broadcast Management Group’s CEO, EVP of Production, and VP of Engineering fill the rolls of Executive in Charge of Production, Production Manager, and EIC.
In the days prior to “IMDb Live at San Diego Comic-Con”, IMDb shoots and produces live-to-tape segments which are edited on-location and posted to IMDb.com as VOD clips. For the live production, Broadcast Management Group supplements the existing camera, audio, and lighting equipment that’s already on site in order to create a live production environment. This involved brining in our Tricaster TC1 flight pack, Freespeak comms system, Elemental encoder, and captioning encoders. The live production is shot with 4 cameras.