World Series Preview: MLB Network Builds on Postseason Success With Onsite Presence

The long wait is over for baseball fans in Cleveland and Chicago. With a combined 90 years without a World Series appearance, the long-suffering franchises return to the Fall Classic tonight, and MLB Network will be on the ground at both Progressive Field and Wrigley Field, surrounding every game with pre/postgame coverage and plenty of …

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SVG Summit: The Top Sports-Production Highlights From the Year That Was

The opening panel of Day 2 at this week’s SVG Summit in New York City featured top production execs from CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, MLB Network, and Turner Sports discussing “Sports Production Highlights From the Year That Was.” In addition to the top moments in live sports production of 2016, the session touched on …

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Powering up the Final Four

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist. If you’re going to balloon your production by nearly double, you’re going to need more power.Fortunately for Turner Sports and CBS Sports, Filmwerks International was able to work its way back into the Final Four fray this year, supplying the broadcast compound with generators that could max out at …

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MLB All-Star Roundup: Cutting-Edge Cameras, Sets, and More

Tech highlights from a variety of vendors new and old The MLB All-Star Game show is always a showcase for cutting-edge production tools and new workflows. This year, tech vendors new to All-Star and plenty of All-Star veterans turned out at Marlins Park in Miami with a host of specialty cameras, unique studio-set designs, virtual-graphics …

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Live From Super Bowl LI: NFL Network Embraces At-Home Production

The team deploys flypacks and Game Creek Video trucks at several events around town The NFL Network is once again delivering a ton of content to viewers, but, for Super Bowl LI, it is taking a slightly different approach by relying more than ever on the control-room operations at its home base in Culver City, …

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Live From Super Bowl LI: Fox Sports Presence at Discovery Green Raises Bar

Activation area features two 40- x 40-ft. studios and a small football field One of the big trends in recent years has been the transition from Super Bowl Sunday to Super Bowl Week, and this year’s big event marked the first time that the Fox sports and news networks have come together to create a …

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Live From Super Bowl LI: Fox Sports Kicks Off Full Slate of Pregame Coverage

Shows air from Discovery Green Park and the main pregame set at NRG Stadium The pregame-show excitement is starting to ratchet up now that the Fox Super Bowl Pregame Show, a 4½-hour programming extravaganza complete with celebrity interviews from the Red Carpet Show, interviews, analysis, and much more. It also begins at Discovery Green Park …

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Live From Final Four: Studio Sets on ‘Great Lawn’ Offer Stunning Backdrops

Filmwerks uses cantilevers to erect clear, production-friendly sets in Tailgate Zone One of the defining features of University of Phoenix Stadium here in Glendale, AZ, is a retractable grass field that slides between inside and outside the stadium. For this year’s Final Four, the Arizona Sports and Entertainment commission has moved the field outside to …

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Fresh Off Epic PGA Championship Effort

Coming off a gargantuan presence at this month’s PGA Championship, Filmwerks is set for a very busy fall season. The vendor will provide power, temperature control, and a variety of services for ESPN’s College Gameday remote studio show, the NFL Network’s NFL Kickoff game coverage and Thursday Night Football package, and ESPN’s High School Football Kickoff — not to mention …

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Filmwerks Powers Grand Canyon

For Filmwerks project manager David Fioravanti, it was an event unlike anything he had ever worked in his career. When aerialist Nik Wallenda dramatically crossed a 2.5-inch cable stretched above the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon, NBC-owned Peacock Productions and Discovery Channel captured it all for television and Fioravanti’s company helped make …

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Filmwerks International Plans Powerful Presence at Super Bowl LI

The firm is providing sets, lighting, and electricity to Fox Sports and NFL Network When Super Bowl LI kicks off in Houston next weekend, Filmwerks International will be all over the big game for both Fox Sports and NFL Network. In total, the company will have 15 tractors and trailers of truss, glass, soft goods, …

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Filmwerks Acquistion Powers New Growth

For the past week, Mike Satrazemis and Chad Corbin have been on the road, hitting three major sports events as they check their equipment that is facilitating broadcast of these events.  Satrazemis, co-owner of Rocky Point-based Filmwerks International, and Corbin, the company’s general manager, started in New Orleans, site of WWE’s Wrestlemania. From there they …

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Enclosed NFL Network Remote Studio on Broadway

Out on the frigid production compounds and studio sets spread throughout New York City and northern New Jersey for Super Bowl week, the most prized possession is simply heat.  Filmwerks built NFL Network’s on-site studio set on Super Bowl Blvd. in Midtown Manhattan. North Carolina-based power, climate control, and production-facility specialist Filmwerks has been the …

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